Eileen Goodwin

Health board slips further into the red

Health board slips further into the red

The Southern District Health Board's projected operational deficit has again deteriorated, and is now predicted to be $12.1 million for 2011-12, the latest DHB financial report shows.

Cuts to brain injury services

Cuts to brain injury services

Otago Brain Injury Association is cutting back its services to clients because of the recession.

Under-6s health-care response mixed

Under-6s health-care response mixed

One of Dunedin's main after-hours medical providers will not offer free after-hours care to under-6s until it is sure it can do so safely.

Pharmacist warns of changes driving costs

Pharmacist warns of changes driving costs

People should expect extra service charges at pharmacies to result from major funding changes hitting the sector, Balclutha pharmacist Daniel Haw says.

Ring-fencing of funds to discontinue

A "ring-fence" guarding mental health funds should be removed within five years, as district health boards treat a broader cross-section of society and focus on prevention, an updated blueprint says.

Parties saying little on health funding

Parties saying little on health funding

National and Labour ignore a lack of transparency over health funding out of political expediency, Prof Robin Gauld of the University of Otago believes.

Disquiet over ketamine use leads to resignation

Disquiet over ketamine use leads to resignation

It is wrong for off-label prescribing of ketamine in Dunedin's mental health service to continue while that practice is under investigation, former mental health consumer adviser Graham Roper says in a letter to the Southern District Health Board explaining his resignation.

Revised dental programme to be implemented next month

Revised dental programme to be implemented next month

A plan to use primary healthcare funds for adult dentistry is yet to be implemented, almost a year after it was supposed to start.

Elective surgery continues at Mercy

The Southern District Health Board moved to end elective surgery outsourcing with Mercy Hospital, but then changed its mind, Mercy chief executive Richard Whitney says.

Health ministry yet to release results of study made last year

The Ministry of Health spent nearly $60,000 last year to evaluate a scheme that allows disabled people to employ their own carer; but is yet to release the results.