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Inquiry finds major failings at Wanganui Hospital

Tuesday, 26 February 2008, 9:18 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson says that when provincial hospitals face workforce shortages, appointment, supervision and quality control processes must be rigorous. More >>

HDC commences North Shore Hospital inquiry

Wednesday, 30 January 2008, 4:54 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson has initiated an inquiry into the standard of care provided to four patients at North Shore Hospital last winter. More >>

DHBs Response to HDC Capital & Coast DHB Inquiry

Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 11:55 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson is calling for greater national collaboration and faster progress on efforts to improve patient safety systems in public hospitals. More >>

Health and Disability Advocates Coming To You

Monday, 27 August 2007, 5:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

People wanting to make a complaint to an advocate about a health or disability service will find it easier in the future. New funding from the Minister of Health as well as a new National Contract has allowed the Nationwide Health and Disability Advocacy ... More >>

Medication Safety and Hospital Referrals

Tuesday, 1 May 2007, 10:33 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A chain of errors at Auckland City Hospital in August 2004 led to an elderly patient receiving incorrect medications that hastened his death. Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson has today released a report on the care provided to an 82-year-old man, ... More >>

A tragic case at Wellington Hospital

Thursday, 12 April 2007, 8:53 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson has found serious failings in the care a 50-year-old patient received in Wellington Hospital in September 2004, over the 40 hours prior to his death. More >>

Commissioner launches Wanganui inquiry

Friday, 9 March 2007, 4:13 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson has initiated an inquiry into the standard of care provided by Dr Roman Hasil at Wanganui Hospital. More >>

HDC investigation into breach of security

Wednesday, 28 February 2007, 10:01 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner, Ron Paterson, has concluded that no patients were harmed during the security breach at Christchurch Hospital in late 2006. More >>

Health and Disability Commissioner Annual Report

Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 11:04 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson says there is growing evidence that complaints do improve the quality of health care. More >>

Health and Disability Commissioner Annual Report

Tuesday, 8 November 2005, 5:07 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The 2004/05 Annual Report of the Health and Disability Commissioner underscores the shift to earlier resolution of patients' complaints enabled by law changes in September 2004. New options include referring the matter to the provider for resolution, or ... More >>

Commissioner highlights medication error

Thursday, 3 November 2005, 9:32 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Systems failings have been blamed for a serious medication error which led to an elderly patient receiving five doses of another patient’s morphine at Palmerston North Hospital in April 2002. More >>

Commissioner supports Accessible Public Transport

Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 9:27 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner, Ron Paterson, supports the release of The Accessible Journey, the final report by the Human Rights Commission as part of its Inquiry into Accessible Public Land Transport (the Report). More >>

Disability Commissioner Tauranga Inquiry (part 1)

Friday, 17 December 2004, 10:02 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Introduction In December 2003, Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson initiated an inquiry into the quality of care provided to five patients by Tauranga surgeon Ian Breeze, prompted by new complaints to the Commissioner’s Office. In January and ... More >>

Response to MP's comments re Nelson complaint

Wednesday, 15 December 2004, 10:09 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

"I have spoken to Nelson MP Nick Smith. I do not accept that his criticisms are justified. More importantly, I have spoken to the family and assured them the Advocacy Service will continue to support them, and that I expect the Canterbury ... More >>

New Deputy Commissioner & Director Of Advocacy

Thursday, 8 April 2004, 9:52 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson is pleased to announce the appointment of the new Deputy Commissioner, Education and Corporate Support, Tania Thomas. Ms Thomas also has responsibility for responsiveness to Maori and people with disabilities ... More >>

Commissioner Reviews Act and Code

Tuesday, 2 March 2004, 3:35 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner, Ron Paterson, is currently reviewing the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994 and the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights. More >>

New Director of Proceedings appointed

Wednesday, 14 January 2004, 10:59 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner, Ron Paterson, has appointed Theo Baker to the statutory position of Director of Proceedings. Ms Baker spent ten years in private practice, predominantly involved in litigation, prior to joining the Proceedings ... More >>

Health & Disability Commissioner Tauranga Inquiry

Monday, 22 December 2003, 8:55 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson today initiated an inquiry into the quality of care provided to five patients by Tauranga surgeon Ian Breeze. The inquiry has been prompted by new complaints to the Commissioner's Office. More >>

Record Number Of Patients' Complaints Resolved

Wednesday, 29 October 2003, 1:44 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

A record 1,338 complaints were resolved by the Health and Disability Commissioner in the year ending 30 June 2003, with a dramatic 35% reduction in the backlog of open files. More >>

 

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