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Deficiencies In Southern District Health Board Follow-up Care Of Patient After Repeated Visits To Emergency Department

Monday, 13 June 2022, 2:18 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) has today published the following decision relating to a breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code). Health and Disability Commissioner, Morag McDowell, has recommended Southern ... More >>

Communication And Risk Assessment Lacking In Maternity Services Provided By District Health Board

Monday, 13 June 2022, 2:15 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner, Rose Wall, has made multiple recommendations to a District Health Board (DHB) to improve its maternity services following a delayed Caesarean section. The case highlights the importance of all team members having situational ... More >>

Dual DHB Service Leads To Delay In Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer

Monday, 30 May 2022, 2:30 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell today released a report finding two district health boards (DHBs) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code), for failures that led to a delay in diagnosing ... More >>

Lack Of Family Input Into Decisions Made About A Consumer’s Care Under The Mental Health Act

Monday, 30 May 2022, 2:29 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a summary of a case, finding a district health board (DHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to provide services ... More >>

Lack Of Assessment And Planning In Acute Mental Health Unit

Monday, 30 May 2022, 2:28 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell has found a District Health Board (DHB) in breach of Right 4(1) of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) in relation to their care of a man in their forensic mental health ... More >>

Kaitohu Matamua Māori Joins HDC Leadership Team

Monday, 30 May 2022, 11:03 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Ikimoke Tamaki-Takarei has been appointed as the first Kaitohu Matamua Māori/Director Māori for the Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, and started in the role on 2 May 2022. Morag McDowell, Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) says, ... More >>

Incorrect Extraction Of Tooth Neglects The Most Basic Requirements Of A Competent Dentist

Monday, 23 May 2022, 2:04 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a dentist in breach of several rights in the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for removing the wrong tooth for a patient ... More >>

Health And Disability Commissioner - We Must Do Better On Informed Consent

Monday, 23 May 2022, 10:51 am | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

The Health and Disability Commissioner is deeply concerned about the findings of a study of medical students’ experiences of informed consent in patients’ treatment. The study, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal, showed serious lapses in ... More >>

Access To Ophthalmology Service Did Not Meet Accepted Standard Of Care

Monday, 16 May 2022, 2:06 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a district health board (DHB) in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to provide services with reasonable ... More >>

Dentist’s Substandard Level Of Care Led To Delay In Diagnosis Of Tooth Decay

Monday, 9 May 2022, 2:02 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a dentist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to provide services with reasonable care and skill ... More >>

Effective Care Planning And Communication Vital In Fundamentals Of Aged Care

Monday, 9 May 2022, 2:02 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Rose Wall today released a report finding a rest home in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for not providing the fundamentals of care to an elderly man in ... More >>

Importance Of Strictly Adhering To Guidelines To Maintain Professional Boundaries Highlighted

Monday, 2 May 2022, 5:21 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released details of a case relating to two separate complaints regarding the conduct of a nurse working in a hospital’s emergency department (ED). The complainants, broadly, both allege ... More >>

Investigation Highlights The Importance Of Clear Information And Consent Before Undertaking Procedures

Monday, 11 April 2022, 2:26 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner, Dr Vanessa Caldwell, today released a report finding a GP in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to obtain informed consent and provide care with reasonable ... More >>

Issues With Assessment By Multiple Optometrists Result In Delay In Diagnosis Of Glaucoma

Monday, 11 April 2022, 2:25 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner, Morag McDowell, today released a report finding three optometrists and Specsavers Silverdale in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code), for failing to provide services ... More >>

Investigation Highlights The Importance Of Ensuring Adequate Consent For Intellectually Impaired Patients

Monday, 4 April 2022, 2:11 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell today released her findings in an investigation that highlight the importance of adequate consent protocols for intellectually impaired patients. Ms McDowell found New Zealand Family Planning Incorporated ... More >>

Inappropriate Relationship Between Nurse And Mental Health Patient

Monday, 4 April 2022, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a Registered Nurse in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for breaching professional and ethical boundaries ... More >>

Coordinated Care Essential To Providing An Effective Mental Health Response

Monday, 4 April 2022, 2:10 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding a district health board (DHB) and a mental health and addiction advocacy and peer support service (the service operating a mental health pilot project), in ... More >>

Radiologist Fails To Provide Services With Reasonable Care And Skill

Monday, 28 March 2022, 2:19 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Deborah James today released a report finding a radiologist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for not providing services with reasonable care and skill. A woman ... More >>

Documentation And Communication Errors In Man’s Prostate Cancer Care

Monday, 21 March 2022, 2:02 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Dr Vanessa Caldwell today released a report finding several medical professionals in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for inadequate communication of test results, ... More >>

District Health Board Fails To Facilitate Careful, Thorough, And Timely Reporting Of Scans Before Surgery

Monday, 14 March 2022, 5:30 pm | Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner

Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Deborah James today released a report finding a District Health Board in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) for failing to have in place guidelines and policies ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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