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Still no smoke (or fire) - Court of Appeal upholds DHB smoking ban
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • May 18 2016

Last week the Court of Appeal dismissed a challenge to Waitemata District Health Board's (WDHB's) smoke-free policy. The policy prohibits smoking on


On the pulse: 10 health law issues to watch in 2016
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • February 10 2016

Lecretia Seales' challenge to the law on assisted suicide has reignited public debate about an individual's right to aid in Dying when terminally ill


Funded Family Care Notice
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand, United Kingdom
  • December 6 2013

The Minister of Health has issued the Funded Family Care Notice 2013, which sets out how eligible disabled adults can elect resident family members


Inadequate training, disrespectful treatment and poor record keeping
  • Buddle Findlay
  • Australia, New Zealand
  • December 6 2013

In a case that demonstrates the importance of providing adequate training to community support workers, a residential care facility and two community


Son's "flimsy" allegations of poor care result in indemnity costs award for rest home
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • December 6 2013

The High Court has awarded a rest home indemnity costs against the son (and former executor) of a former client, finding that the son's claims that


Updated standard for doctors writing medical certificates
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • December 6 2013

The Medical Council has released its updated statement on medical certification, which sets out the standards that doctors must follow when writing


Insufficient communication about need to take trial dose of medication before discharge
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • December 6 2013

The Health and Disability Commissioner has found a DHB in breach of the Code after a doctor failed to make it clear that his patient needed to take a


Prescribing changes passed by government
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • December 6 2013

Changes to the Medicines Act 1981 were passed on 22 November 2013. Among other things, the changes extend the definition of "authorised prescribers"


Continued pregnancy following misdiagnosis can constitute a personal injury
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • December 6 2013

The Court of Appeal has made a provisional finding that a woman's continued pregnancy following the failure of health professionals to diagnose spina


Ministry of Health must reconsider complaint regarding casino's smoking lounge
  • Buddle Findlay
  • New Zealand
  • December 6 2013

The Cancer Society of New Zealand has successfully reviewed a decision by the Ministry of Health that smoking is permitted in Sky City's Diamond