Details have emerged from a nurses' meeting about concerns a
lack of staff in Dunedin Hospital's neonatal intensive care
unit (Nicu) could be harming patients.
An urgent update to computer systems was not deferred last
year by the Southern District Health Board, chief executive
Carole Heatly assured board members at their meeting in
Concern health heads are ''robbing Nurse Betty to pay Dr
Ropata'' by skimping on nurse budgets has been raised by a
Southern District Health Board member.
The nurses' union will take a ''strategic approach'' to
releasing information about conditions in Dunedin and Wakari
hospitals in its attempts to persuade the health board to
hire more staff.
The chairmen of two southern health entities locked in a
multimillion-dollar dispute are talking in a fresh attempt to
resolve the wrangle.
The nurses' union is disappointed the Southern District
Health Board's answer to fears Dunedin is in the midst of a
nursing staffing crisis is to set up a working party, rather
than hire more nurses.
Leaks in Dunedin Hospital's operating theatre suite are an
ongoing maintenance problem, the Southern District Health
Board said yesterday.
Digital cameras ''developed by geeks'' are full of redundant,
complicated features amateur photographers do best to ignore,
photography tutor Brien Miller says.
The Southern District Health Board said last night it was
confident its nursing numbers in Dunedin were adequate.
Proposed cuts to Wakari Hospital mental health beds have been
scaled back by the Southern District Health Board.
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