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Babies' hearing tests found faulty

Several health boards from around the country are recalling babies to hospital after newborn hearing tests were found to be faulty, The New Zealand Herald has reported.

Up to 2000 babies across six health boards would have to return for another check after the Health Ministry found problems in its national newborn screening programme.

A 10-month-old boy was found on the second test to have a congenital hearing defect, The Herald reported.

The six health boards confirmed to have ''irregular'' screening tests were: Auckland, Waitemata, Bay of Plenty, Lakes District, Hutt Valley and Canterbury.

Waikato and Hawke's Bay boards were yet to provide information.

National Health Board national services purchasing director Jill Lane the ministry had started a review of all health board newborn screening.

It was not known how long the issues had been going on or how old some of the babies are now, The Herald said.

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