Eileen Goodwin

Rest-home workers strike

Rest-home workers strike

Redroofs Rest Home workers and their supporters picket outside the Oceania Group facility in Dunblane St, Dunedin, during their two-hour strike yesterday morning.

EDs perform better; SDHB still 17th

Dunedin and Southland emergency departments' (ED) performance in the latest DHB league tables improved, although the Southern District Health Board remained 17th of the 20 DHBs, the same as in the first quarter.

'Blowout' in cost of medical wages

'Blowout' in cost of medical wages

A medical wages "blowout" in January must not be repeated or it will affect Southern District Health Board's year-end financial performance, board chairman Joe Butterfield told the hospitals' advisory committee in Invercargill yesterday.

Passengers put push on ED

Increasing numbers of cruise-ship passengers are adding to Dunedin Hospital emergency department's workload, Southern District Health Board operations manager (Otago) Megan Boivin told the hospitals' advisory committee in Invercargill yesterday.

Rest-home workers striking

Rest-home workers striking

After 32 years of looking after the elderly, the most Dunedin caregiver Vicki Taylor can hope to be paid is $16.22, the top hourly rate for health-care assistants at Redroofs Rest Home.

Proposal to reduce services at Isis centre

Proposal to reduce services at Isis centre

Bed numbers and nursing staff at Wakari Hospital's specialist rehabilitation service (Isis) will be cut to deal with a funding shortfall, a Southern District Health Board staff consultation document says.

Seismic risk looks terminal

Seismic risk looks terminal

Three Southern District Health Board buildings have been earmarked for possible demolition because of the prohibitive cost of strengthening them, a report to tomorrow's hospitals' advisory committee meeting says.

Day could make a difference

Day could make a difference

An Oamaru woman is urging people to give a portion of the extra day they work for leap year to the neurosurgery fundraising campaign.

Fairy tales reflect times, writer says

Fairy tales reflect times, writer says

The portrayal of women in traditional fairy tales is "fairly appalling" by modern standards, but reflects the time they were written down, rather than their origins, author Juliet Marillier told a writing workshop at Otago Girls' High School yesterday.

Slim chance school will stay open

Slim chance school will stay open

There was a "slim chance" Rotary Park School would stay open for 2013, school commissioner Cleave Hay told more than 40 parents, staff, and community members at a meeting at the school last night.