A person adept at avoiding ''land mines'' is sought to lead
the Southern District Health Board to financial health.
Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) has suffered a ''huge
shock'' from being dumped as the provider of a $5.5 million
annual contract providing home-based services to older
people, chief executive Gillian Bremner says.
An art print in Dunedin Hospital has been ''obliterated'' by
vending machines ''plonked'' either side, art advisory
committee acting chairwoman Barbara Brinsley says.
There is little support for young people who suffer a
life-changing stroke, says survivor Maria Fredatovich.
It feels as if the Southern District Health Board is going
''around in circles'' trying to find a solution to
after-hours medical care, a board member says.
The Southern District Health Board now has an agreed 2012-13
budget which contains ''waste reduction and savings
initiatives'', a report to the board says.
An exhibition opened at the Dunedin Chinese Garden yesterday
celebrating the sister city relationship with Shanghai.
Nearly three-quarters of patients who waited longer than six
hours in the Dunedin Hospital emergency department in October
were admitted to wards, new figures show.
Emergency departments are the ''barometer'' of the health
service, Health Minister Tony Ryall said opening a new unit
in Dunedin Hospital's ED.
An incorrectly inserted nasogastric tube caused the death of
a recuperating neurosurgery patient at Dunedin Hospital,
Otago Southland coroner David Crerar has found.
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