Portfolio Health - beehive.govt.nz - 8 - 10 Aug 2017


New ED target champions appointed

Posted: 09 Aug 2017 08:02 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says the appointment of two healthcare experts as target champions for Shorter Stays in Emergency Departments (ED) will help further improve the flow of patients. “DHB’s around the country are making good progress towards the health target of Shorter Stays in EDs,” says Dr Coleman.  “Most recent data shows that almost 94 per cent of patients were admitted, discharged or transferred from an ED within six hours which is close to the national target of 95 per cent. ...

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Report shows drop in pregnancy smoking rate

Posted: 08 Aug 2017 10:00 PM PDT

Jonathan Coleman | Health

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Minister Nicky Wagner welcome a new report which shows a continued downward trend in the percentage of pregnant women smoking. The latest Report on Maternity shows 14.2 per cent of pregnant women smoked early in their pregnancy, down 2 per cent compared to 2008. That’s around 1,170 fewer pregnant women smoking compared to seven years ago. “Evidence shows the earlier pregnant women quit smoking, the better the chances are for their baby,” says Dr Coleman. ...

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Changes to regulations will improve access to cannabidiol (CBD) products

Posted: 07 Aug 2017 12:15 PM PDT

Peter Dunne | Health

Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has today welcomed the removal of a range of controls on cannabidiol (CBD), calling the changes an important step in New Zealand’s continued implementation of a compassionate, innovative and proportionate drug policy. The changes, to come into effect in early September will see CBD, a non-psychoactive component of cannabis, no longer subject to a range of conditions that other controlled drugs are required to adhere to. ...

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