Eileen Goodwin

Possible cancer diagnosis delays

An internal audit into the Southern District Health Board's breast screening programme had identified possible delays in diagnosing breast cancer in 28 women over a three-year period, Ministry of Health chief medical officer Dr Don Mackie said.

Health board, trust at odds

Health board, trust at odds

It is "disappointing" a Southland maternity centre is vowing to stay open when its contract with Southern District Health Board expires at the end of the month, DHB deputy chairman Paul Menzies, of Invercargill, says.

Vitamin D deficiency risk in South

Vitamin D deficiency risk in South

People living in the South might be deficient in vitamin D by the end of the winter if they have not had enough sun exposure, a joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the Cancer Society says.

Redroofs' workers to strike

Workers at Dunedin's Redroofs Rest Home voted yesterday to continue with strike action, Service and Food Workers Union (SFWU) organiser Ann Galloway said.

Pharmac proposal concerns diabetics

Pharmac will today release a summary of the "big response" it received from diabetics about proposed changes to glucose-testing equipment, a Pharmac spokesman said.

Phased rollout 'planned'

District health boards will provide free after-hours care for more than 60% of under-6-year-olds by July, and it was never the plan to do so for all young children by then, a spokeswoman for Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

Equipment cost $107,663

The Southern District Health Board spent $107,663 buying equipment to provide retinal surgery after recruiting an eye surgeon who then stayed about 18 months, an Official Information Act request has revealed.

Majority representation for locals

Majority representation for locals

Wingatui residents intent on retaining control over the governance of Wingatui Hall were successful last night in approving a rule guaranteeing majority local representation.

Call for diabetes changes

It is not good enough that Dunedin will not host a consultation meeting on "absolutely huge" proposed changes to diabetes management tools, Diabetes Otago office manager Noeline Wedlock says.

Drug decision 'no great leap forward'

Drug decision 'no great leap forward'

Pharmac's decision to fund a non-Herceptin drug as a first-line treatment for advanced Her-2 positive breast cancer has been criticised by the Breast Cancer Foundation.