Eileen Goodwin

Extra $10m for elective surgery 'evidence'

Extra $10m for elective surgery 'evidence'

A cash top-up for elective surgery for the rest of the financial year is evidence the Government has been embarrassed by the issue, Labour health spokeswoman Annette King says.

Doctor ends family's association with Dunedin

Doctor ends family's association with Dunedin

His friendships with patients will be missed by long-serving Dunedin GP Dr Peter Borrie when he retires from general practice today.

South's alcohol statistics worst

South's alcohol statistics worst

Public Health South's 2013 alcohol report paints an alarming picture of hazardous drinking in the South, prompting a call for tougher regulations over the sale and distribution of alcohol. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin talks to the people at the front line, in our Booze Control: Stop and Think series.

Changes unsettling for families

Changes unsettling for families

Changes in the Otago mental health service are causing apprehension among families of those with mental illness, Supporting Families Otago chairman Richard Linscott says.

Mental health care defended

Mental health care defended

Mental health care provider Pact has taken issue with what it deems a ''negative'' portrayal of community-based care in the concerns raised over cutting bed numbers at Wakari Hospital.

Contrary views on mental health cuts

Contrary views on mental health cuts

Some long-term Wakari Hospital mental health inpatients face an uncertain future in the community, which does not appear equipped to care for them if they are discharged in the coming months, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.

Cost barrier to establishing DNA database

The main ethical hurdle to establishing a universal forensic DNA database is cost, not civil liberties, Canterbury University ethicist Dr Carolyn Mason says.

Drug advertising claim provokes retort

A claim that direct-to-consumer drug advertising is a constitutional right drew a fiery response from two GPs at the New Zealand Bioethics Conference in Dunedin yesterday.

Hundreds of DHB workers on less than 'living wage'

Hundreds of DHB workers on less than 'living wage'

About 8% of Southern District Health Board staff are paid less than the amount deemed a ''living wage'' by fair pay advocates, new figures show.

Mental health capacity to be slashed at Wakari

Mental health capacity to be slashed at Wakari

Nearly 13 fulltime jobs in a sub-acute mental health ward in Dunedin will go in a plan to halve its beds from 24 to 12.