Posts Tagged ‘ministry of health’

Experts sound worries over support for Long Covid sufferers

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023

More than a year after the Government launched a top-level advisory group on Long Covid, leading experts worry sufferers are still being let down by the health system. Those concerns have been aired in a series of just-released video interviews, as the Ministry of Health says it’s impossible to quantify how many people are living Read more

Broaden euthanasia eligibility: Not now

Thursday, December 1st, 2022
National Medical Director

More palliative care investment is needed in New Zealand, says Royal College of GPs medical director Dr Bryan Betty. He’s concerned about ACT Party leader David Seymour’s desire to widen the End of Life Choice Act criteria. Seymour argues the change is necessary, as many who want assisted suicide are “missing out”. Seymour says this Read more

Covid-19 Omicron outbreak: Infection deaths behind New Zealand’s record 2022 mortality rate

Monday, November 21st, 2022

New Zealand has just recorded its highest death count in a 12-month period – driven by the Covid pandemic and our ageing population. Statistics New Zealand today released its year-on-year update on births and deaths between September 2021 and September 2022. It showed a “sharp” 10 per cent increase in the mortality rate, with 38,052 Read more

Palliative care is grossly underfunded

Thursday, July 21st, 2022
Assisted Dying Service

Serious concerns have emanated from the first annual report of the Assisted Dying Service. The Assisted Dying Service which came into force last November has just released its first annual report for the period from November to March. By the end of June, 400 people had applied for an assisted death, 143 had died and Read more

NZ abortions on the rise

Monday, October 18th, 2021
Otago Daily Times

Changes to New Zealand legislation in March 2020 has resulted in a three per cent rise in abortions. After a decade of falling numbers, the Ministry of Health says 13,246 abortions were performed last year. This number compared to 12,857 in 2019 and 16,630 in 2010. The mean age of those having an abortion last Read more

Expect legal action when assisted dying act comes into force

Monday, August 9th, 2021
assisted dying

New Zealand health officials are expecting legal action when the new End of Life Choice Act comes into force on 7 November this year. Ministry of Health officials have highlighted “complex and sensitive elements” to the End of Life Choice Act and incoming assisted dying regime in a briefing paper to Health Minister Andrew Little. Read more

Who is this man?

Thursday, April 30th, 2020

People want to make him New Zealander of the Year. He has a twitter account and tweeting his memes and a fan base dubbed “Bloomers”. He has had a song written about him; hand towels bearing his image have sold out, but you can still get the T-shirts and tote bags. Colleagues describe him as Read more

Sharing chalice at Mass a minimal risk

Monday, March 9th, 2020

The Catholic Church in New Zealand has not as yet prohibited sharing the chalice and sharing a handshake at the sign of peace at Mass. “Should there be a need for restrictions on receiving Communion or the exchange of the Sign of Peace, these will be immediately notified to parishes throughout the country,” said the Read more

Pornography more extreme, deviant and violent – Ministry of Health

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health wants more research into pornography because it has become “more extreme, deviant and violent over the last two decades.” The ministry was responding to a request from the Government and Administration Select Committee for a written submission on a petition it is considering which was presented in June 2017 by Family First’s Read more

Weakening of China’s one-child policy is predicted

Friday, March 15th, 2013

China’s government has declared it will maintain its one-child policy, but at the same time stripped power from the family planning agency that oversees the regime. “The way to interpret this is that the laws are still in effect, but the judges and the policemen have all been fired,” said Wang Feng, director of the Read more