Eileen Goodwin

Outsourcing result of commission staff cuts

Outsourcing result of commission staff cuts

It is "just silly" the now-defunct Mental Health Commission spent $346,800 on a single outside contractor during 2011-12 to develop a mental health plan, Labour MP and mental health spokesman Iain Lees-Galloway says.

Minister confident in pharmacy deal

If safety concerns about the new pharmacy contract were valid, it would not have gone ahead, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

SDHB seeking 'acting' ED clinical leader

SDHB seeking 'acting' ED clinical leader

The Southern District Health Board is yet to appoint someone to, or externally advertise, the position of Dunedin Hospital emergency department (ED) clinical leader, despite the position having been vacant for several months.

Media access to board restricted

Media access to board restricted

The Southern District Health Board has released a new media policy which limits access to the executive team.

'Them and us' concerns in restructure submissions

Concerns about a "them and us" mentality between Dunedin and Invercargill health staff has been revealed in submissions on a high-level restructuring at the Southern District Health Board.

Excess elective surgery blamed

Excess elective surgery blamed

Too much Otago elective surgery is being blamed for much of the Southern District Board's burgeoning deficit.

Pharmacist fears patient safety at risk

Patient safety could be at risk under a new pharmacy contract, because pharmacists are being forced to focus on revenue-gathering, Mosgiel pharmacist Jenny Kerr-Mackenzie says.

Vouchers for free GP visits

Vouchers for free GP visits

Vouchers for free GP visits are among initiatives worth $370,000 approved this week by the Southern Primary Health Organisation.

80% sign pharmacy service contract

80% sign pharmacy service contract

A new pharmacy service contract causing "angst" in the sector has been signed by 80% of the South's pharmacists, Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly says.

SDHB deficit blow-out

SDHB deficit blow-out

The Southern District Health Board's financial position has slipped yet again - its projected deficit now $15 million to $15.5 million, board members heard yesterday.