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Maternity Services – Fiji – Japan’s Economy – NSW Body Parts – NZ Body Parts – Northland Toddler’s Teeth – Renting Vs Ownership – Internet Pharmacies – Pinochet – Ballerina Dies

MATERNITY SERVICES: The Health Minister has rejected a claim from the Medical Association that there will be tragic consequences for maternity services unless changes are made. Dr Pippa McKay says the system is a dangerous one.

FIJI: The Great Council of Chiefs is now considering re-appointing Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara as President.

JAPAN’S ECONOMY: The Japanese Finance Minister says that Japan’s national debt is too big and something must be done.

NSW BODY PARTS: The New South Wales Health Minister has ordered an audit of body parts following concerns – originating in the UK - that organs have been removed from patients without consent, and kept.

NZ BODY PARTS: The Medical Association say that body parts can not go missing in NZ.

NORTHLAND TODDLER’S TEETH: A dentist working on removing decaying teeth from Northland Children says there is no end to the problem of rotting teeth.

RENTING VS OWNERSHIP: NZers are renting increasingly rather than buying houses say researchers.

INTERNET PHARMACIES: People are being asked to think carefully before buying medication over the internet. Kerry Bell – an Auckland Pharmacist – has been fined heavily for selling prescription drugs online to people living offshore.

PINOCHET: A Chilean Appeal Court has decided that General Augusto Pinochet can stand trial for human rights abuses.

BALLERINA DIES: A very famous ballerina from Ireland has died.

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