Eileen Goodwin

Board to remain national provider

The Ministry of Health has confirmed the Southern District Health Board will remain the national provider of a specialised radiation procedure, while a Dunedin Hospital senior doctor says it is only a matter of time before the service cannot cope with demand.

DHB reveals proposed executive structure

The Southern District Health Board proposes establishing a "director of patient services", instead of two chief operating officers.

DHB executive to be restructured

DHB executive to be restructured

The Southern District Health Board will be restructured to create regional clinical service groupings, rather than duplications, in Dunedin and Invercargill.

Patient urges implant recall

Patient urges implant recall

A Dunedin man whose metal-on-metal hip implant was removed after an adverse reaction says the implant should be recalled.

Ryall under attack from top doctors

The honeymoon appears well and truly over between the senior doctors' union and Health Minister Tony Ryall.

Isis cuts expected

Nurses should find out more next week about possible job losses resulting from cuts to Wakari Hospital's specialist rehabilitation service (Isis).

ED staffing reconsidered

ED staffing reconsidered

The Southern District Health Board has backed down on planned cuts to medical staff at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says.

Ministry clears Southern breast-screening programme

Ministry clears Southern breast-screening programme

A Ministry of Health investigation has cleared the Southern District Health Board's breast-screening programme of concerns its rate of "false negatives" was unacceptably high.

Cancer survival rates improve

Cancer survival rates improve

Cancer survival rates have improved markedly - although the picture is not so rosy if you are Maori or poor, a University of Otago report says.

Ministry to get colonoscopy data from DHBs

Ministry to get colonoscopy data from DHBs

The Ministry of Health will start gathering colonoscopy data from district health boards, but it should not be seen as a "report card" of DHBs, Ministry of Health cancer programme national clinical director Dr John Childs says.