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Striking Health Workers Putting New Zealand Health Care At Risk

Access to public health services is being compromised by health professionals taking industrial action and is a matter which requires urgent public debate and review, says Professor Max Abbott, Dean of AUT University's Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences.

Switch Pills And Tax Booze, Aussies Say

Significant health and fiscal gains can be made by taxing alcohol and switching to cheaper heart drugs, an Australian disease prevention study has found.

Landmark Aust. Study On Cost-effectiveness Of Preventing Disease - New Zealand Has Much To Learn

Landmark Aust. Study On Cost-effectiveness Of Preventing Disease - New Zealand Has Much To Learn

New Zealand has much to learn from an Australian programme of research on the cost-effectiveness of 150 interventions to prevent or treat disease, according to researchers from the University of Otago, Wellington.

Hospital Services

All non-urgent elective surgery has been cancelled for tomorrow. This includes all pre-arranged admissions for Christchurch, Christchurch Women's and Burwood Hospitals. Scheduled Caesarean sections and inductions will continue. Affected patients are being contacted.

Hundreds Of Radiography Patients Add To Backlog After Strike

Hundreds Of Radiography Patients Add To Backlog After Strike

Hundreds of patients have added to the backlog of people waiting for images and surgery during a national radiographers' strike.

End Obesity Operation Stigma, Specialists Say

End Obesity Operation Stigma, Specialists Say

By Mary Longmore of NZPA

Wellington, Sept 3 NZPA - Obesity specialists today called for an end to the stigma over obesity surgery in New Zealand, claiming it is the most effective way of losing weight and keeping it off.

New Zealanders To Benefit From Newly Funded Lung Cancer Treatment

New Zealanders To Benefit From Newly Funded Lung Cancer Treatment

New Zealanders fighting the country's leading cause of cancer death will benefit following PHARMAC's announcement today of their decision to fund Roche's Tarceva® (erlotinib), a treatment that extends survival and improves quality of life for advanced lung cancer sufferers 1.

New Lung Cancer Drug Funded In Multi-Product Roche Agreement

Funding a new drug for people with advanced lung cancer and widening access to two other cancer treatments are features of a new agreement PHARMAC has reached with pharmaceutical company Roche Products (NZ) Ltd.

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.

Wheeler To Replace Oram For Champions League

Wellington, Aug 27 NZPA - Central Districts have got the greenlight to replace the injured Jacob Oram with Ben Wheeler in their squad for next month's Champions League Twenty20 tournament in South Africa.