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Only half of prisoners with serious mental health treated

By Paloma Migone of NZPA Wellington, July 21 NZPA - Only half of New Zealand prisoners suffering from serious mental health illness are being treated, despite there being room to accommodate them.

Labour and Greens say lack of interest in health job worrying

Labour and Greens say lack of interest in health job worrying
Wellington, July 18 NZPA - A lack of interest in the Health Ministry's top job shows concerns about the Government's direction for the sector, Labour and the Greens say. However the Government says it is just a matter of getting the right person for the job.

Cancer biggest killer, and lung cancer the worst - report

Cancer biggest killer, and lung cancer the worst - report
By Maggie Tait of NZPA Wellington, July 1 NZPA - Cancer is the biggest killer of New Zealanders and more people die of lung cancer than any other kind, a new Health Ministry report shows.

Minister "macho" over prisoner smoking ban

Minister "macho" over prisoner smoking ban
By Maggie Tait and Laura McQuillan of NZPA Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Changes to ban smoking in prisons do not need to be so sudden, Labour leader Phil Goff says, as concerns are raised the move will increase violence behind bars.

Govt butting out smoking in jails

Govt butting out smoking in jails
By Maggie Tait and Laura McQuillam of NZPA Wellington, June 29 NZPA - Former prison manager Celia Lashlie is backing prison staff union the Corrections Association over its concerns banning smoking will see more violence in jails.

No smoking for prisoners in a year's time

No smoking for prisoners in a year's time
Wellington, June 28 NZPA - Prisoners will have a year to adjust to not being able to smoke in jail but after that new inmates will have to go cold turkey.

NZ kids react to flu vaccine

NZ kids react to flu vaccine
Wellington, April 28 NZPA - New Zealand children have suffered convulsions as officials scramble to gather information following reports of similar reactions to the flu vaccination in Australia.

Community sector group set up

Community sector group set up
Wellington, April 9 NZPA - The membership of a group to develop a relationship agreement between the community, voluntary sector and the Government was today announced by Tariana Turia, the minister responsible for the sector.

New Wellington hospital a financial "albatross"

New Wellington hospital a financial "albatross"
Wellington, March 24 NZPA - Wellington's new regional hospital has been described as a "wonderful facility" by Capital and Coast District Health Board (DHB) representatives, but the huge cost of servicing its debt will present challenges into the future.

Govt Appears To Have Problems Filling The Front Line

Govt Appears To Have Problems Filling The Front Line
By Ian Llewellyn of NZPA Wellington, March 17 NZPA - The Government has increased the number of positions of what it calls front line staff, but figures released today show it is having difficulties filling them.

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