Nicky Stevens' death was a terrible tragedy but the care given to him at the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre was of a good standard, a report has found.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says latest data shows around 13,000 more Waikato DHB patients have received a First Specialist Assessment (FSA) since 2008.
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners has made calls for the Government to urgently train more GPs as communities, particularly in rural areas such as the Waikato, feel the strain from reduced ability to see a doctor.
As most Kiwis were partying to see the new year in, others were being born.
As the clock was about to strike 1, and Santa hurled his sack down a chimney, a special present was being delivered at Waikato Hospital.