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
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.
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.
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.