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New guidelines for meth labs

New guidelines for meth labs
Wellington, Aug 31 NZPA - The Ministry of Health has issued new guidelines on how to clean up P labs. The guidelines outline everything from how to establish if there is a risk and which government agency needs to get involved.

Pharmac procurement approach to be used in hospitals

Pharmac procurement approach to be used in hospitals
Wellington, July 22 NZPA - Government drug funding agency Pharmac is to take charge of hospital medicines. Health Minister Tony Ryall said Pharmac, which buys and manages community pharmaceuticals, would also look after hospitals -- something District Health Boards did until now.

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.

Quips and quotes from the National Party conference

Quips and quotes from the National Party conference
Auckland, July 18 NZPA - Quips and quotes from the National Party conference. "I'm going to get rid of the Treasury and replace it with Paul the octopus." Prime Minister John Key says he has some good news for Finance Minister Bill English.

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report

Wellington, July 16 NZPA - A report saying the Corrections Department should no longer be responsible for prison healthcare has been hailed by an inmates' rights lobbyist as an important and significant contribution to health policy.

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report

Prison health care should be moved from Corrections - report
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Government should consider transferring prison health care out of the Corrections Department and into the health sector, a National Health Committee report into improving the health of prisoners says.

Government defends mental health funding cuts

Government defends mental health funding cuts
By Matthew Backhouse of NZPA Wellington, July 14 NZPA - The Government is defending cuts of more than $20 million to mental health programmes, saying it is providing more services and pumping more funds into mental health than ever before.

Budget health funding a 'farce'

Budget health funding a 'farce'
Wellington, July 12 NZPA - The Government's Budget day announcement of $50 million extra for elective surgery was a farce as much of the money was needed for patients previously treated by ACC, Labour claims.

Trust contracted to provide eating disorder services

Trust contracted to provide eating disorder services
Wellington, July 8 NZPA - A trust has been contracted to set up a regional eating disorders service for people in the top half of the North Island.

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.

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