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Govt funding of $8.8 million announced for seismic strengthening

The Government’s funding announcement of $8.8 million for seismic strengthening of Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s theatre block is great news, chief executive Kevin Snee said today.

Warning against ‘wild west' of gene editing

The proposal in Australia to deregulate gene-editing (GE) techniques [1], threatens the safety of consumers and the environment. Gene Editing uses a new advanced laboratory technique that genetically engineers enzymes and RNA to create novel organisms.

Free access to digital health sites trialled

New Zealanders will be able to visit some digital health websites for free as part of a three-month trial run by the Ministry of Health, Health Promotion Agency and WellSouth.

Dispute could have unintended consequences for senior medical workforce - ASMS

 A winner-takes-all approach in the acrimonious junior doctor dispute could have the unintended effect of making hospital specialists think twice about district health boards as employers of choice, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

Update 5: Measles in the Bay of Plenty

Since last week’s report, a further two cases of measles have been confirmed in the Bay of Plenty, bringing the total number of confirmed measles cases over the past month to twelve.

PHARMAC proposes to give more clarity about funding decisions

An overhaul of PHARMAC’s decision-making process will give better insight into what medicines are - and are not - being actively considered for funding, Chief Executive, Sarah Fitt says.

Health groups marching to Parliament to present multiple petitions

Health advocacy groups and individuals will present strongly worded petitions to Parliament on 7 May demanding proper funding of medicines.

Nurses to gather in Wellington

Nurses from the Greater Wellington Region will convene in Wellington tomorrow for the annual New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Greater Wellington Regional Convention.

'Laboratory testing made more inclusive in the MidCentral district'

Access to medical tests has been made more inclusive for the transgender community in the MidCentral district after a change to laboratory testing services.

Poor pattern of care across Hawkes Bay District Health Board services - HDC

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding Hawkes Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights for failing to provide services with reasonable care and skill.