Eileen Goodwin

Thomson still out in cold

Thomson still out in cold

The former health board chairman sacked by Health Minister Tony Ryall a few years ago over the Michael Swann fraud has been told a return to a position of responsibility is still not ''politically acceptable''.

Health board planning more mental health cuts, PSA says

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Southern District Health Board plans more cuts to its already strained mental health service.

Mann happy with trans fat ban

The United States is moving to ban artificial trans fats from food, but that ingredient legally does not even have to be labelled in New Zealand, University of Otago nutrition and diabetes authority Prof Jim Mann says.

Smaller portions suggested as solution to obesity

Smaller portions suggested as solution to obesity

A small solution to a big problem was served up yesterday at a Port Chalmers cafe, where food is served in modest proportions.

'Seclusion' surprise

'Seclusion' surprise

High rates of locking mental health patients in seclusion at Southern District Health Board institutions have surprised the board, which says it cannot afford to hire more nurses to reduce its reliance on the practice.

Wary psychiatrists avoiding off-label use of ketamine

Wary psychiatrists avoiding off-label use of ketamine

Psychiatrists in New Zealand are ''wary'' of using the anaesthetic ketamine as an antidepressant because of publicity arising from a Health and Disability Commissioner investigation about its use in Dunedin, Prof Paul Glue says.

Screening plan believed to be unsafe

Screening plan believed to be unsafe

The Southern District Health Board pitched a confidential plan to Counties Manukau DHB for it to employ Southern breast-screening radiologists, but was refused as the idea was deemed unsafe, documents released under the Official Information Act show.

SDHB kept lid on crisis

SDHB kept lid on crisis

A senior doctor's letter the Southern District Health Board tried for months to keep secret warns of a ''very real'' risk a patient will die because of a ''crisis'' in its Dunedin Hospital ear, nose, and throat department.

Board term ends with finances tight

Board term ends with finances tight

The outspoken Dunedin Hospital doctor elected to the Southern District Health Board will soon understand how little money there is to spend, chairman Joe Butterfield told board members at their final meeting of the three-year term.

Mental health questions

Mental health questions

A key part of the oversight of compulsory treatment of mental health patients appears to fall short of acceptable standards for exercising such power, a new book on New Zealand's mental health law suggests.