Eileen Goodwin

Mental health bed review as patient shift mulled

Mental health bed review as patient shift mulled

Mental health beds at Wakari Hospital in Dunedin are under review as the Southern District Health Board considers shifting more long-term patients into the community.

Health staff masks opinion divided

Health staff masks opinion divided

University of Otago public health physician supports the idea of unvaccinated health staff being asked to wear masks around patients.

$600k spent on courthouse, no work done

$600k spent on courthouse, no work done

The Ministry of Justice is staying tight-lipped about a change of plan over earthquake-strengthening the Stuart St courthouse in Dunedin, after spending more than $600,000 on its design.

Pay extremes, contracts debated

Pay extremes, contracts debated

For a politician who believes in minimal regulation, Workplace Relations Minister Michael Woodhouse says he is working on an ''awful lot'' of workplace regulation.

Meals on wheels volunteer will not 'subsidise' Compass

Meals on wheels volunteer will not 'subsidise' Compass

A meals on wheels driver says he is ''now certain'' the Southern District Health Board and Compass Group simply assumed volunteers would subsidise the service if it was outsourced.

Temporary court too small: lawyer

Temporary court too small: lawyer

The Stuart St court building in Dunedin will be closed until further notice, and a Dunedin lawyer has blasted the Ministry of Justice for years of inaction over planned earthquake strengthening.

Melanoma drugs come at a cost

New research has ''redefined'' treatment for advanced melanoma, but at a hefty price, Dunedin oncologist Dr Chris Jackson says.

Apology for mistaking park as surplus land

Apology for mistaking park as surplus land

The Dunedin City Council has apologised to the Robertson family for including Robertson Park in Middlemarch on a list of surplus land.

Union warns SDHB of legal action

Union warns SDHB of legal action

The Service and Food Workers' Union has warned the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board could find itself embroiled in costly legal action if it goes ahead with food service outsourcing.

Outsourcing benefits sought

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says he is looking to potential benefits of the Compass Group hospital food outsourcing, while maintaining some reservations about the controversial proposal.