Eileen Goodwin

Active-review surgery lists to be addressed

The Southern District Health Board wants to cut the numbers of patients sitting on "active review" - those with an expectation, but no certainty, of receiving surgery.

Healthcare reform in US still on track

Healthcare reform in US still on track

Lingering resentment in the South over the American Civil War hinders important national initiatives, such as healthcare reform, in the United States, political scientist Prof Pauline Rosenau, of the University of Texas, told an audience in Dunedin yesterday.

Southern patient complaints up but no horror story, Menzies says

A near doubling of patient complaints to the Health and Disability Commissioner (HDC) is not a "shock horror story", Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies says.

ED gains less than predicted from observation unit

Managers were "quite ambitious" in their initial predictions of gains from a $2.7 million observation unit in Dunedin Hospital's emergency department (ED), and these have been revised down, a Southern District Health Board committee heard yesterday.

Patient waiting times reducing

Dunedin Hospital's new $2.7 million emergency department (ED) observation unit appears to be making a dent in patient waiting times, but management says it is too early to measure the benefits.

Elective outsourcing stopped to save money

The Southern District Health Board is saving money by not outsourcing elective surgery to the private sector, a report to tomorrow's board meeting shows.

Financial officer's role re-established

Financial officer's role re-established

The Southern District Health Board is hiring a chief financial officer, two years after removing the position.

King 'sympathetic, passionate'

King 'sympathetic, passionate' Lawyer had received bad health news

The "personal side" of high-profile defence lawyer Greg King was humane, sensitive, and generous, murder victim Sophie Elliott's mother, Lesley, said yesterday.

Cultural diversity impresses visitor

Cultural diversity impresses visitor

Gay marriage has strengthened Canadian society, an Anglican Church leader visiting Dunedin's St Paul's Cathedral said yesterday.

Screening for breast cancer harm alarms

A British investigation into breast-screening which found a concerning rate of over-diagnosis indicates about 180 women will be treated unnecessarily each year in New Zealand, University of Otago cancer-screening authority Associate Prof Brian Cox says.