Eileen Goodwin

Ring-fencing of funds to discontinue

A "ring-fence" guarding mental health funds should be removed within five years, as district health boards treat a broader cross-section of society and focus on prevention, an updated blueprint says.

Parties saying little on health funding

Parties saying little on health funding

National and Labour ignore a lack of transparency over health funding out of political expediency, Prof Robin Gauld of the University of Otago believes.

Disquiet over ketamine use leads to resignation

Disquiet over ketamine use leads to resignation

It is wrong for off-label prescribing of ketamine in Dunedin's mental health service to continue while that practice is under investigation, former mental health consumer adviser Graham Roper says in a letter to the Southern District Health Board explaining his resignation.

Revised dental programme to be implemented next month

Revised dental programme to be implemented next month

A plan to use primary healthcare funds for adult dentistry is yet to be implemented, almost a year after it was supposed to start.

Elective surgery continues at Mercy

The Southern District Health Board moved to end elective surgery outsourcing with Mercy Hospital, but then changed its mind, Mercy chief executive Richard Whitney says.

Health ministry yet to release results of study made last year

The Ministry of Health spent nearly $60,000 last year to evaluate a scheme that allows disabled people to employ their own carer; but is yet to release the results.

DHB plans home-help change

Small-scale rural home-help providers are the losers in Southern District Health Board plans to seek Otago-Southland-wide providers of home-based support.

Biopsy error panel terms out

The panel considering biopsy errors in laboratories has released its terms of reference.

Neurosurgeon sets goals

Neurosurgeon sets goals

New Zealand's first academic neurosurgery unit is being set up in Dunedin, headed by Belgian neurosurgeon Prof Dirk De Ridder, who will have joint clinical and academic duties. He arrives in February, and spoke to reporter Eileen Goodwin by email this week.

Locum at unit for year

A neurosurgeon has been hired for a year at Dunedin Hospital.