Eileen Goodwin

Dunedin band 'blown away' by win

Dunedin band 'blown away' by win

Dunedin band The Fu King won the national final of Battle of the Bands in Auckland at the weekend.

Hospital upgrade progress slammed

Hospital upgrade progress slammed

Health executives have occupied at least five different well-appointed suites during the 18 years they have stalled on upgrading Dunedin's gastroenterology facility, a highly critical report released this week says.

Court case seen as part of wages campaign

Court case seen as part of wages campaign

A court case arguing carers' pay rates discriminate against women is part of a co-ordinated litigation strategy to lift workers' low wages, University of Otago public law specialist Prof Andrew Geddis says.

K2 prominent in admissions audit

The synthetic cannabis product K2 was associated with 13% of admissions to an inpatient psychiatric ward in Dunedin, including one patient with homicidal thoughts, during a three-and-a-half-month audit done earlier this year.

Early discharge option for older patients

Older patients at Dunedin Hospital are likely to be offered an early discharge from next week.

Lack of transparency criticised

Lack of transparency criticised

New Zealand is out of step with other countries in a lack of transparency about how some $9 billion of health funding is distributed each year, University of Otago researchers suggest.

Prescription changes spark plea to keep eye on elderly neighbours

Reduced contact with pharmacists because of a sector shake-up has sparked a call for more neighbourly concern for the elderly.

New diabetes regime shows promise

New diabetes regime shows promise

Dropping free annual GP visits for diabetics seems to be working, because they need to visit the doctor anyway, Dr Hywel Lloyd says.

In-hospital advertising considered as cash cow

In-hospital advertising considered as cash cow

Selling advertising in southern hospitals has been ''jokingly'' suggested as a means to raise cash, Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies says.

Health board job talks unsettle

Scores of Southern District Health Board middle managers on transitional contracts face uncertainty, as the board runs a ''highbrow'' discussion about their jobs, Public Service Association organiser Julie Morton says.