National MPs have called on Health Minister David Clark to show whether the Government's health spending meets even his own expectations.
A nurses strike looms within a fortnight unless the Government can either stonewall unions in final negotiations or relax its fiscal pursestrings a bit. The Government has relented slightly on its foreign buyers ban, allowing foreigners to hold on to new apartments and hotel units they provide the capital to build. But rest home operators and wine companies missed out on the exemptions they hoped for.
Nurses and teachers are pushing the Labour Government for massive pay increases, but the Government is rejecting their claims on the grounds of being fiscally responsible -- for now. Thomas Coughlan reports.
Privately-run dementia units will soon be subject to more rigorous inspections with the Ombudsman set to take up the role.
Some pharmacies may stop dispensing medicine under a radical overhaul undertaken by DHBs, writes Thomas Coughlan.
Former MP Peter Dunne writes in his column this week about the legalities and politics of an abortion debate in New Zealand. It will be different to Ireland's stunning referendum result.
A meth testing bombshell shook the real estate industry, a leaked MPI report uncovered under-reporting of almost 3,000 tonnes of Southern Blue Whiting fishing, Heather Simpson returned to the heart of the Government's reform plans, Donald Trump re-escalated his trade war with China and the Eurozone debt crisis returned with a vengeance overnight.
A wide-ranging review of the health system will encompass everything from local primary care to the funding and operations of district health boards, writes Thomas Coughlan.
A wide-ranging review of the health and disability sector has been announced by Health Minister David Clark.
The top stories this morning include American nervousness over China's political connections in New Zealand, a looming decision on M.Bovis, the first nurses' strike planned in 30 years, a review of ACC's culture and CEO, and Donald Trump announcing his summit with Kim Jong Un is back on.