Eileen Goodwin

Relief as health saving plan axed

Relief as health saving plan axed

Surprise and relief have greeted the Government's decision to ditch controversial cost-cutting organisation Health Benefits Ltd.

Curran 'vulnerable' in Labour rejig

Curran 'vulnerable' in Labour rejig

A clean-out of ''dead wood'' Labour MPs is likely after the election of Andrew Little as leader, politics lecturer Bryce Edwards says.

Consultants paid $191K

An Auckland consulting firm got more than $190,000 of public money for helping devise a plan to shake up southern health.

Disabled voice concerns

Access to health for the disabled emerged as a strong theme at last night's consultation meeting in Dunedin over southern health services.

Neurosurgery progress 'slower than hoped'

Neurosurgery progress 'slower than hoped'

The Belgian charged with establishing neurosurgical research in Dunedin is using a ''number eight wire'' approach to overcome the logistical difficulty of having no unit in which to work.

Weight-loss surgery 'very underfunded'

Weight-loss surgery 'very underfunded'

About 80% of the South Island patients who need weight-loss surgery are being turned away because of funding constraints, says the Invercargill surgeon who performs half of the South Island's public weight-loss operations.

New street art defaced

New street art defaced

Some of the new street art adorning buildings in Dunedin's warehouse precinct and the surrounding area has been defaced with graffiti.

Straight talk vital for better outcomes

Straight talk vital for better outcomes

Being blunt about deaths caused by unsafe practices in health is a crucial step to making systems safer for patients, a former Nasa astronaut says.

Disbelief at SDHB tactics

The Southern District Health Board has been accused of ‘‘almost Orwellian'' tactics in its handling of the strategic health services plan.

Survey suggests patients satisfied

Patients are largely happy with their hospital stays, first results of a new survey released yesterday suggest.