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Opposition criticises lab test decision

Opposition criticises lab test decision
Wellington, July 7 NZPA - A government decision to stop hospitals charging for laboratory tests ordered by private specialists will rob the public health service of millions of dollars, opposition parties say.

Interim board announced for new health safety commission

Interim board announced for new health safety commission
Wellington, June 11 NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced an interim board of a new independent Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC). The Government has also disestablished the Quality Improvement Committee.

Babies falling through gaps remain un-immunised

By Kate Chapman of NZPA Wellington, April 28 NZPA - Up to 20 percent of New Zealand babies are not being immunised because they fall through the gaps between midwifery, general practitioner and post-natal care, politicians were told today.

Liquor report polarises industry stakeholders

Liquor report polarises industry stakeholders
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, April 28 NZPA - A government-commissioned report recommending sweeping changes to liquor laws has polarised the many stakeholders involved and left Justice Minister Simon Power with some difficult decisions.

Liquor law report polarising for stakeholders

Liquor law report polarising for stakeholders
By Chris Ormond of NZPA Wellington, April 27 NZPA - A flood of responses to a Law Commission report recommending sweeping changes to liquor laws appears to confirm a commission comment about the issue being a social battleground.

Praise For Health Shake-up Despite Job Losses

Wellington, Oct 22 NZPA - The health sector has welcomed significant changes to health administration although up to 500 jobs will be lost in the ministry and district health boards (DHBs).

National Health Boards Welcomed, Job Losses Not

Wellington, Oct 21 NZPA - The creation of a National Health Board has been well received, despite concern about the predicted 500 job losses it will cause.

Labour Suspicious About Govt's Plans For Health Service

Labour Suspicious About Govt's Plans For Health Service
Wellington, Sept 29 NZPA - The Labour Party is suspicious about the Government's plans for the public health service and says creating a new "super bureaucracy" in the form of a National Health Board (NHB) won't work.

DHBs Support New National Health Board Submissions Show

DHBs Support New National Health Board Submissions Show
Wellington, Sept 29 NZPA - The District Health Boards of New Zealand (DHBNZ) support the establishment of a National Health Board (NHB) and wanted its role to be expanded from that recommended in the review of the health system.

Auckland In Middle Of Corporate War Over Lab Tests, Says Ryall

Auckland In Middle Of Corporate War Over Lab Tests, Says Ryall
Wellington, Sept 10 NZPA - Auckland is in the middle of a corporate war over medical lab testing but the Government expects district health boards to ensure that the public receive proper services, Health Minister Tony Ryall said today.

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