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Legal alert - Bill to transfer fluoridation decisions to DHBs introduced in Parliament
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • November 22 2016

On 17 November 2016 the Health (Fluoridation of Drinking Water) Amendment Bill was introduced in Parliament by Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne


Legal update - Maternity care under scrutiny
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • October 13 2016

Maternity services have encountered a flurry of media attention following the release of a University of Otago study which compared birth outcomes


Fluoridation decisions - coming to a District Health Board near you
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • October 6 2016

Voting is about to close in the local body elections, including for elected members of District Health Boards (DHBs). It is well known that the


New proposal for pharmacy licencing regime
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • August 16 2016

The proposed replacement of the Medicines Act has presented an opportunity to review the current regime for pharmacy licencing. Currently, there are


Implementation of the Home and Community Support (Payment for Travel Between Clients) Settlement Act 2016
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • August 16 2016

This Act implements the settlement reached between the Crown, DHBs, healthcare workers and healthcare providers regarding payment to healthcare


Coroners Act
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • August 16 2016

Following an extensive review process, changes to the Coroners Act 2006 have now come into effect, as of 22 July 2016. Among other things, the


Carer support funding does not result in employment relationship
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • August 16 2016

On 1 August 2016, the Court of Appeal held that the relief care that Ms Lowe provided pursuant to the government's Carer Support Scheme did not make


Anaesthetist not "situationally aware" but not guilty of professional misconduct
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • August 16 2016

Following a decision by the Health and Disability Commissioner, in which an anaesthetist was found to have breached Right 4 of the Code of Rights by


ACC cover for failed sterilisation does not extend to childcare
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • August 16 2016

J became pregnant following a failed sterilisation. ACC granted J cover for her pregnancy and compensation for the pregnancy's physical effects. J


Compensation claim for care of disabled son successful
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • August 16 2016

On 20 July 2016, the High Court ruled that Margaret Spencer is entitled to be compensated for care she provided to her adult son Paul Spencer, who