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Binoy Kampmark: Health Fears Ahead of Trump’s Inauguration

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 16:51:13 +1300 | Binoy Kampmark

“Ain’t going to let no ego maniac turn me around, turn me around, keep on walking, keep on talking going to build ourselves a brand-new world.” Joan Baez, San Francisco, Jan 15, 2016 More >>

Southern DHB prepared for junior doctors strike tomorrow

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:08:05 +1300 | Southern District Health Board

New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association (NZRDA) has confirmed members will take strike action from 7am Tuesday 17th January until 8am Friday 20th January 2017. More >>

Potentially toxic algae confirmed in Cardrona River

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:43:36 +1300 | Otago Regional Council

The presence of the potentially toxic algae Phormidium has been confirmed in the lower Cardrona River. This has prompted the Otago Regional Council (ORC) to warn dog owners to be vigilant when exercising their pets alongside Otago’s rivers and ...More >>

Higher levels of toxic algae seen in some Tasman rivers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:54:41 +1300 | Tasman District Council

The presence of toxic algae has grown in the last week in Tasman’s Waimea and Wai-iti rivers. The latest results showing the algae’s growth to warning levels following a number of weeks relatively low levels of growth.More >>

Cyanobacteria found in Lake Waihola

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 16:33:17 +1300 | Otago Regional Council

Sampling carried out by the Otago Regional Council has shown high concentrations of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) at Lake Waihola and a health warning has been issued for the lake. Visitors are advised not to use it for recreational purposes ...More >>

Health bosses happy to receive, less willing to give

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 13:30:10 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“The latest report on district health board chief executive salaries shows that health bosses are continuing to get higher pay rises than they’re prepared to give others,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical ...More >>

New year, same old story for underfunded health

Sat, 7 Jan 2017 18:45:53 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

New year, same old story for underfunded health While the New Year often heralds resolutions to improve, the industrial strife currently wracking ambulance workers shows the Government has little interest in properly investing in the health sector, ...More >>

Paramedics’ wages deducted as contract dispute escalates

Thu, 5 Jan 2017 13:48:14 +1300 | First Union

The union representing 1000 ambulance officers across the country is condemning St John’s decision to deduct 10% off the wages of ambulance officers taking strike action.More >>

Ministry Of Transport Pedestrian Blind Spot Costs Lives

Mon, 2 Jan 2017 14:47:41 +1300 | Lynley Hood

According to Ministry of Transport statistics, between 2006 and 2015 almost four times as many pedestrians (348) as cyclists (90) were killed on New Zealand roads. More >>

Data shows top reasons for quitting smoking

Sun, 1 Jan 2017 13:52:19 +1300 | Quitline

Data shows top reasons for quitting smoking. Quitline ( ) has today revealed the top five reasons New Zealanders who contacted Quitline decided to give up smoking in 2016. Nearly half stated they wished to improve their overall health ...More >>

Alternative to Cigarettes Still Outlawed

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 13:27:09 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Another 10% Tobacco Tax Hike – But Alternative to Cigarettes Still Outlawed 31 DECEMBER 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE As smokers stock up on cigarettes today to beat the Government’s 10% hike in tobacco excise tax which comes into effect on New ...More >>

Alarm bells going off in the public health sector

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 13:25:51 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

“How many times do alarm bells have to go off in the public health sector before the Government and hospital bosses sit up and take notice,” asks Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).More >>

Medicinal Cannabis – harms or benefits? Who decides?

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:33:54 +1300 | University of Otago

Wellington researchers are calling for doctors to be more involved in the debate around cannabis as a medicine. In a recent article in the New Zealand Medical Journal , Dr Giles Newton-Howes, from the University of Otago, Wellington, and Dr Sam McBride, ...More >>

Regulating accountability of senior health bosses

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:15:04 +1300 | Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

A call by the head of an inquiry into one of the United Kingdom’s worst hospital scandals for better regulation of senior health managers raises questions about whether something similar should be looked at in New Zealand, says Ian Powell, Executive ...More >>

Additional funding for eye health care service improvement

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 10:23:06 +1300 | Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health says work is ongoing to improve the delivery of ophthalmology services available across New Zealand. More >>

Canterbury DHB faces mounting deficits if nothing changes

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:28:14 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Dec. 22 (BusinessDesk) – A stage two financial review into the Canterbury district health board on New Zealand’s South Island points to future financial challenges if no changes are made.More >>

Financial review provides clarity on Canterbury DHB path

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 14:21:04 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has released the second stage of a financial review by PwC on Canterbury DHB’s future financial performance. More >>

National cardiac register shows good results

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:31:25 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the first report from the national cardiac register shows good results, comparable with international standards. More >>

New approach by DHBs & PHOs delivers more integrated care

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:39:13 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says DHBs and PHOs are working closely together to deliver system wide improvements and better health services for New Zealanders More >>

Seymour congratulates new Cabinet

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:56:32 +1300 | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has congratulated the new Cabinet following the official swearing-in ceremony. More >>


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