Eileen Goodwin

Study finds issues with IF scheme

Concerns an unregulated "second-class" carer workforce is being created by the burgeoning "individualised funding" (IF) scheme for the disabled are revealed in an evaluation commissioned by the Ministry of Health.

Free care scheme operating

No official feedback has been received on the free after-hours medical care for children under 6, but it seems to be working in participating GP practices, Southern Primary Health Organisation chief executive Ian Macara says.

Options for Ings canvassed

Options for Ings canvassed

A Baptist Church group is considering what to do with its former rest-home in Mornington.

MP happy with answers from Cadbury

Dunedin North MP David Clark is satisfied no significant changes to production are planned at Cadbury Confectionery Dunedin.

Cadbury dismisses closure claims

Cadbury dismisses closure claims

A blogger's claim that Cadbury is winding down its Dunedin operation has been labelled by the company as disappointing and irresponsible.

Pharmacist 'bullied' on deal

Pharmacist 'bullied' on deal

A pharmacist in Palmerston says that he signed a new contract - which he believes will spell trouble for the sector - because he was bullied into accepting its conditions by the Southern District Health Board.

Health board shaves $2.8m off deficit

Health board shaves $2.8m off deficit

Partly by adding its sums differently, the Southern District Health Board has wiped up to $2.8 million off its deficit.

Flu-like illness rate triples

Consultations for a flu-like illness have surged in the South, the rate tripling within a week, the latest ESR flu report shows.

DHB education plan revealed

A "public education programme" to "celebrate DHB success" is part of efforts to improve communication, a Southern District Health Board internal strategy document reveals.

Ashburn bid to bolster finances

Ashburn Clinic, in Dunedin, is to start fundraising in the hope of securing about $500,000 a year to help shore up its financial position.