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Anti-Smoking Drug Linked To Suicide, Lobby Group Says

Anti-Smoking Drug Linked To Suicide, Lobby Group Says

Wellington, Aug 30 NZPA- The Government is denying links between an anti-smoking drug and suicide after being accused of hypocrisy by a community action group.

Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (Swine Flu) - Update 204

Pandemic Influenza H1N1 2009 (Swine Flu) - Update 204

Influenza H1N1 activity is continuing across the country, with variable rates of infection according to geographic region. Recent information suggests that some regions may be starting to see a decline in influenza activity, especially in the North Island where most activity has been occurring.

Strike Action Forces Elective Surgery Cancellations

Strike Action Forces Elective Surgery Cancellations

Waikato DHB will postpone some surgical bookings to cope with next Tuesday's nationwide strike by union staff who provide x-ray, scans and other radiology services.

The strike affects all Waikato DHB hospitals including Waikato, Thames, Tokoroa, Te Kuiti and Taumarunui.

Elective Surgery Numbers Continue To Rise

Elective Surgery Numbers Continue To Rise

A record 138,443 patients had elective surgery in the last financial year, says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Auckland Hospital Cancels Elective Surgery

By Matthew Backhouse of NZPA

Wellington, Aug 30 NZPA - Auckland Hospital has cancelled all elective surgery as it struggles to cope with ongoing industrial action.

Northland Health Target Data Released

Northland Health Target Data Released

The end of year results of the 2009/10 Health Targets have been published within national and local newspapers and our results show a solid end of year achievement with an overall increase of performance in all areas.

Drug Funding Change Will Save Millions, Says Pharmac

Drug Funding Change Will Save Millions, Says Pharmac

Wellington, Aug 30 NZPA - Government drug funder Pharmac says it will save $24 million over the next five years by changing its funding of a widely-used antipsychotic drug.

Funding Change For Mental Health Medicine To Save $24 Million

Funding Change For Mental Health Medicine To Save $24 Million

Price reductions for antipsychotic medicines will release $24 million of savings over the next five years which PHARMAC can use to fund other medicines, the Government drug funder says.

Payments For Egg And Sperm Donors Suggested

Payments For Egg And Sperm Donors Suggested

Auckland, Aug 31 NZPA - Payments for egg and sperm donors are being suggested to discourage people looking overseas for fertility treatment.

Government Hypocrisy On Suicide

CASPER (Community Action on Suicide Prevention, Education & Research) is accusing the government of hypocrisy following its decision to subsidise anti-smoking drug Champix.