The impartiality of the Australian neurosurgeon who will help
decide the future configuration of neurosurgery in the South
Island has been called into question by a Dunedin Hospital
Smoking is to be banned at psychiatric wards in Dunedin, a
move labelled "forced treatment" by Southern District Health
Board (SDHB) member Richard Thomson.
The Dunedin City Council is under fire for closing a historic
railway pedestrian overbridge for safety reasons, and admits
confusion about whether it has responsibility for its
Public awareness of the neurosurgery battle was lower in
Southland than Otago, Southern District Health Board member
Richard Thomson said at yesterday's hospital advisory
committee in Invercargill.
Security at Dunedin Hospital is to be tightened because of an
increase in the number of patients and visitors carrying
The IT chief who rebuilt the old Otago health board's IT
department after the Michael Swann fraud says he is looking
forward to his new challenge in the private sector.
Involuntary redundancies at Dunedin's Ashburn Clinic have
been lower than expected, with only two full-time staff
forced to take redundancy among the staff laid off, says
clinic business manager Lindsay Smith.
A bid to extend smokefree status to include psychiatric
patients will be presented at a Southern District Health
Board committee today.
A woman sustained a hand injury in a crash just south of
Waikouaiti yesterday afternoon.
The doctor at the centre of the Colin Bouwer poisoning case
depicted on television last week says the show portrayed well
the "monster hidden in the man".
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