Eileen Goodwin

'Unusual' process in doctor's case

In a "highly unusual" process, the Southern District Health Board has proposed a formal first warning to a doctor and invited him to argue his case against it, the head of the senior doctors' union says.

Discussion of suicide encouraged

Discussion of suicide encouraged

The silence around suicide is not working, and moves to open up the issue are to be encouraged, a Pacific Island suicide prevention workshop convener says.

SDHB members may do ward time

SDHB members may do ward time

New Southern District Health Board members have been told they may need to spend time on the wards with staff to learn about the reality of the health sector.

Concern for MSD sufferers

Concern for MSD sufferers

Osteoarthritis sufferer Karen Browne says her job gives her the social and financial security many with her condition lack.

Majority of submissions favour Mercy proposal

The Dunedin City Council received 11 submissions on Mercy Hospital's proposed plan change, a letter to hospital neighbours says.

Health board accused of 'blatant intimidation'

Health board accused of 'blatant intimidation'

A respected Dunedin Hospital specialist is suffering "blatant intimidation" from the Southern District Health Board, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine New Zealand faculty chairman Dr John Bonning says.

DHB working to cut future premiums

A big insurance hike is a "done deal" this year, but the Southern District Health Board is already looking ahead to reduce future premiums, board members heard yesterday in Invercargill.

Diabetes study hit by lack of funds

Lack of funds for a diabetes study is putting at risk work that could place Dunedin at the forefront of stem cell research, University of Otago haematologist and cell biologist Dr Jim Faed says.

Doctors defend right to speak out

Doctors defend right to speak out

The senior doctors' union is accusing the Southern District Health Board of attempting to stifle public debate by disciplining a doctor for speaking to the media.

Report due on series of lab mistakes

A report on a disturbing series of laboratory errors involving biopsy samples is due to be released either today or tomorrow.