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Diabetes decision set to be a disaster

Pharmac has embarked on a dangerous course in order to save $10 million, presumably at the instruction of the Government, with its decision to contract a sole supplier to provide new meters to diabetics, Labour's Health spokesperson Maryan Street says.

Pharmaco sole supplier of blood glucose meters

Pharmaco has been awarded the role of sole supplier of blood glucose testing meters and strips in New Zealand. The announcement was made at a special press conference hosted by PHARMAC in Wellington today.

Funding changes improve access to diabetes products

Funding changes to diabetes management products will improve the availability of medicines and devices for patients, provide greater security of supply and provide ongoing improvements in technology.

PHARMAC today announced:

Medical Council seeks feedback on Good Medical Practice

The Medical Council is seeking feedback on its review of Good Medical Practice from patients, the public, stakeholders and doctors. Good Medical Practice is the Council's main document setting out standards for doctors practising in New Zealand.

Health budget shortfalls see staff under stress

Budget shortfalls are hitting District Health Boards across the country, with overworked staff worried it is putting people's health at risk, Labour's Health spokesperson Maryan Street says.

Parents urged to use free children's health checks

While the majority of West Coast parents are taking advantage of the free B4 School Check wellness programme for four year olds, there is still room to capture more, co-ordinator Lorraine Williams says.

Food industry welcomes focus on exercise, diet

Food industry welcomes focus on exercise, diet

The Food Industry Group (FIG) is encouraged by the Ministry of Health's latest "Food & Nutrition Guidelines for Healthy Children".

Residents warned of ash cloud particles

Hawke's Bay Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group advises caution to local people, in spite of current clear skies.

Children's iodine status far from ideal - research

The mandatory use of iodised salt in commercial bread since 2009 has improved New Zealand children's iodine status but many may remain mildly deficient in this essential nutrient, new University of Otago research suggests.

Boil water notice for Selwyn residents

Boil water notice for Selwyn residents

Residents in the Selwyn Rural Water Supply (Glentunnel) are advised to immediately begin boiling water.