A fire in the retail area of the Caltex petrol station on
Taieri Rd is not being treated as suspicious, a New Zealand
Fire Service spokesman says.
Concerns over the fairness and secrecy of health funding have
re-emerged in the wake of Southern District Health Board
warning its deficit has blown out and it must cut costs.
The Southern District Health Board is facing ''extreme
financial difficulties'', meaning tough decisions have to be
taken, departing chairman Joe Butterfield says.
A controversial organisation set up to save big money for
district health boards is under more scrutiny as it has
emerged it owes the Government millions of dollars - and DHBs
might be forced to pay it.
A Dunedin branch of the Science Communicators Association is
being launched tomorrow with an event at the Otago Museum
about alcohol and the brain. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin
spoke to organisers.
Delta is confident of being paid a ''significant portion'' of
a potential bad debt, worth millions of dollars, Dunedin City
Holdings Ltd chairman Graham Crombie says.
An internal audit policy adopted by the Dunedin City Council
shifts responsibility to governance level, an ''important
change'', councillor Richard Thomson told a council meeting
The Southern District Health Board is considering sending
cardiac MRI test patients to private hospitals, as it is
about to lose the second of two specially trained
Dunedin Hospital is the country's sole public provider of a
specialist radiation therapy and an upgrade means the service
will be secured here.
A proposal to truck frozen meals on wheels from Auckland to
Dunedin and Invercargill has sparked outrage in the South.
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