Eileen Goodwin

Many changes over 36 years

Many changes over 36 years

Mosgiel GP Richard Muir (65) has retired after 36 years of treating local patients.

Specialist hospital services 'not viable'

Specialist hospital services 'not viable'

Some specialist services at Dunedin Hospital may not be viable as stand-alone services because they do not have a sufficient population base to support them, a health plan out for consultation today says.

Parker joins Labour race

Parker joins Labour race

New Labour leader contender David Parker is promising a gentler, kinder type of politics if he wins the top job.

SDHB tension played down

SDHB tension played down

It would be wrong to characterise the Southern District Health Board as an ''unhappy DHB'', new health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says.

Antibiotic to obesity link?

Antibiotic to obesity link?

Dunedin-based research due for release early next year may help determine if there is a link between obesity and antibiotic use.

Labour loses party vote on specials

One of few bright spots for the Labour Party on election night was hanging on to the party vote in Dunedin North, but special votes have overturned its 24-vote lead in that electorate.

St John initiative on hold

St John initiative on hold

A St John ambulance fundraising initiative is on hold after a Dunedin man complained to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

'Everyone's stressed ... worried about money'

'Everyone's stressed ... worried about money'

A ''constant obsession'' with deficits at the Southern District Health Board has created a toxic atmosphere of blame and stress, departing medical director Dr James Knight says.

Woodhouse gains Police, Workplace Relations

Woodhouse gains Police,  Workplace Relations

Dunedin-based List MP Michael Woodhouse has become Minister of Police and also Minister of Workplace Relations, and has retained Immigration in the Government's new Cabinet line-up.

Big health services shake-up looms

Big health services shake-up looms

The troubled Southern District Health Board is reaching crisis point. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin examines its challenges ahead of the announcement on Monday of the new health minister.