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Children's Commissioner supports alcohol-free fundraiser

Children's Commissioner Dr Russell Wills says his office is supporting this year's FebFast fundraiser because of the impact of alcohol on children.

Sick kids: urgent need to improve housing

High rates of infectious diseases, especially those associated with poverty and poor housing, highlight an urgent need to improve the quality and quantity of housing in New Zealand, says the Green Party.

Home of car turns to walking and cycling

The USA, invariably seen as the "home of the automobile" is now showing "clean green" New Zealand how to better provide for walking and cycling, and an expert from there is in the country to tell us how.

Kiwis warned against buying specs online

Kiwis tempted by cheap prescription glasses online are being warned almost half of such specs have been found to be unsafe or incorrect.

Cancer Society challenges Pharmac forum

Chief Executive of the Cancer Society, Dalton Kelly, today challenged stakeholders at a PHARMAC forum whether the time hasn't come to abandon the silo approach to delivery of disease prevention and treatment, as is apparent in the public sector.

Nurses concerned about Whanganui DHB proposal

Nurses concerned about Whanganui DHB proposal

Whanganui District Health Board's proposal to shift specialist maternity services from Whanganui to Palmerston North, is a serious concern, according to the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO).

Making our hospitals safer

The reporting today of Sentinel and Serious Events by the Health Quality and Safety Commission sharpens the focus on the quality of patient care at the West Coast DHB says Chief Medical Officer Dr Carol Atmore.

Zero harm from falls - the goal for CDHB

Zero harm from falls - the goal for CDHB

Today the Health Quality and Safety Commission released its report: Making our hospitals safer, which summarises the Serious and Sentinel Events reported by all 20 District Health Boards from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011.

Pressure increasing on cash-strapped health sector

Confirmation that Waikato DHB will have to cut $25m from next year's budget is further evidence that Government under-funding of the health sector is set to have an impact across the country, says Labour's Health spokesperson Maryan Street.

NZMA welcomes events report to reduce future harm

The NZMA welcomes the release today of the Health Quality and Safety Commission's (HQSC) 2010/2011 serious and sentinel events report, which will help the New Zealand health sector to work towards reducing harm from preventable adverse incidents.