Eileen Goodwin

Neurosurgery recruitment dilemma

Neurosurgery recruitment dilemma

The Southern District Health Board wanted to appoint a neurosurgeon for just two years, rather than for a longer term, causing "some tension" between Dunedin Hospital management and the South Island neurosurgical service, the National Health Board's Dunedin Hospital report reveals.

Culture, not money, issue at hospital

Culture, not money, issue at hospital

A "poor culture" rather than lack of money is at the heart of Dunedin Hospital's problems, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

Cervical screening issues seen

Cervical screening issues seen

"Quite a damning" report into New Zealand's cervical screening programme reveals significant issues to be addressed before the service can be considered world class, University of Otago Associate Prof Brian Cox says.

Thousands of litres of milk uncollected

Milk could not be collected from Otago and Southland dairy farms yesterday because of treacherous road conditions, a Fonterra spokeswoman said last night.

About 1700 dairy farms' milk could not be collected across New Zealand, with nearly all the South Island affected.

Money at heart of woes - chairman

Money at heart of woes - chairman

Managers and doctors tried to work together to fix Dunedin Hospital but there was never enough money, Dunedin Hospital general medical staff chairman Dr David Perez says.

Mental health care changes criticised

Mental health care changes criticised

A new Dunedin mental health housing facility is "far too big with too many people" and is a service downgrade, a mental health agency manager says.

Restoration fundraising

Restoration fundraising

The Historic Iona Church Restoration Trust plans to start the "huge job" of refurbishing the Port Chalmers church this year with the help of a $150,000 grant from Otago Community Trust.

'Unfair' funding constraints ignored

Southern District Health Board member Richard Thomson defended his organisation yesterday from a harshly critical report that he says fails to acknowledge the tough financial conditions the DHB works under.

Meningococcal survivor's tribute to 'nice guy'

Meningococcal survivor's tribute to 'nice guy'

If not for the death of a respected colleague, Kevin Soper, of Dunedin, believes he would not have survived meningococcal disease.

Graduate school opposed

Lack of training places and the difficulty of running a two-tier system led Health Workforce New Zealand to counsel against establishing a graduate-level medical school to ease the country's doctor shortage, HWNZ executive chairman Prof Des Gorman says.