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DHBs Intimidating Staff, Says Union

DHBs Intimidating Staff, Says Union

By Matthew Backhouse of NZPA

Vulnerable health workers are being suspended without pay to intimidate them into ending their industrial action, the laboratory workers' union says.

Rest Homes Reject Demands For Birth Certificates, Passports

Rest Homes Reject Demands For Birth Certificates, Passports

Auckland, Aug 31 NZPA - Rest homes in Auckland are refusing to comply with demands from health authorities to produce passports or birth certificates for elderly residents or face a bill for their care.

Aspirin Should Stay In Supermarkets

Aspirin Should Stay In Supermarkets

The New Zealand Self Medication Industry (NZSMI), the industry body representing non-prescription consumer healthcare products, says aspirin should remain in supermarkets as it has not seen any evidence that requires restriction of the popular medicine.

Thousands Of Patients Affected As Hospital Staff Up The Ante

Thousands Of Patients Affected As Hospital Staff Up The Ante

Wellington, Aug 30 NZPA - Industrial action by hospital workers is expected to affect thousands of patients around the country over the coming weeks as elective surgery is cancelled, surgical bookings postponed, and some emergency services limited.

New Evidence Links Chronic Fatigue To Virus

New  Evidence Links Chronic Fatigue To Virus

Wellington, Aug 30 NZPA - New Zealanders with myalgic encephalopathy (ME) -- commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome -- are looking at studies in the United States that show a possible link between the illness and a retrovirus.

Higher Prices Mean Less Smoking, Less Tobacco Production/Importation

Higher Prices Mean Less Smoking, Less Tobacco Production/Importation

New Zealanders are smoking 1.3 billion fewer cigarettes a year than ten years ago, according to data produced by Statistics New Zealand for the Smokefree Coalition.

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.