Eileen Goodwin

Audiology service improvements seen

Employing suitably qualified audiology staff has been the most important factor in ''significant'' improvements to Dunedin Hospital's audiology service, a review released by Southern District Health Board under the Official Information Act says.

Tests for disabled 'flawed model'

New work assessments for the disabled and people with health conditions will impose ''unnecessary angst'' and wrongly put the onus on clients rather than employers, CCS Disability Action Otago patron Donna-Rose McKay says.

Breast-screening replacement may be better

Breast-screening replacement may be better

Women in Otago and Southland migh receive a better quality breast-screening service by a different provider than the present health board service, which is ''limping along'', Federation of Women's Health Councils co-convener Barbara Robson says.

Hospital rankings warning

Hospital rankings warning

Planned hospital rankings based on patient surveys will inevitably become league tables and could be detrimental to services, retiring Southern District Health Board member Dr Malcolm Macpherson says.

Joint bid to halt financial abuse

Financial abuse of older people is likely to be a much bigger problem than people realise, Grey Power Otago president Jo Millar says.

Plaudits for Dunedin after 'superb' event

Plaudits for Dunedin after 'superb' event

Dunedin's reputation as an ''event city'' was enhanced by its successful hosting of the Bledisloe Cup match at the weekend, Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton says.

Move by SDHB criticised

Disappointment has been expressed over the failure of the Southern District Health Board to recruit radiologists, and its consequent decision to relinquish the southern breast-screening service from the middle of next year.

Screening service dropped

Screening service dropped

An ''insurmountable'' lack of radiologists has forced the Southern District Health Board to relinquish the southern breast-screening service from the middle of next year, the board announced yesterday.

Role less for health board

The declining role of district health boards raises a question over whether they will continue in their current form, University of Otago health systems authority Prof Robin Gauld says.

Wider effect of moving jobs north questioned

Pushing southern health board jobs into Auckland and its overheated property market does not make sense, Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies says.