Eileen Goodwin

Rally in support of PSO

Rally in support of PSO

The Southern District Health Board has not adequately explained its decision to dump Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) as a home-based support provider, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran told a protest in Dunedin yesterday.

Mum appeals for Pharmac lifeline

Mum appeals for Pharmac lifeline

Andrea Murphy, a Dunedin mother of three, depends on a drug company's largesse to keep her alive, and wants Pharmac to fund her ''miracle'' drug at a cost of about $500,000 a year.

Legal advice backs case, PSO says

Legal advice supports the claim Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) was dumped as a home-based support provider using a flawed process, PSO board chairman Frazer Barton says. Yesterday, PSO wrote to Southern District Health Board requesting a meeting with board members, on the basis of the legal advice, to argue its case.

Operating theatre put back

Operating theatre put back

Dunedin Hospital's long-awaited ninth operating theatre has been delayed by about two months.

Doctor standards well maintained

Doctor standards well maintained

Is it realistic to expect every single doctor is up to the job? The Dunedin-based chairman of the Medical Council, Dr John Adams, does not think so.

Fight for support service begins

Fight for support service begins

Presbyterian church networks are being enlisted to fight the dumping of Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) as a provider of home-based support for older people in the South.

Grommet cuts fear

Otago has the country's highest rate of grommet insertion - a procedure in the sights of a Government health committee tasked with finding savings in the health sector.

Restrictions false economy: parents

Restrictions false economy: parents

A Dunedin couple say it will be a false economy if savings are sought through restricting grommet surgery.

$410,000 spent by SDHB on outside financial advice

The Southern District Health Board has now spent at least $410,000 obtaining outside advice in a bid to improve its financial performance.

Spending doubles in two years

Spending doubles in two years

The Southern District Health Board has more than doubled its spending on communications and public relations in the past two years.