Eileen Goodwin

Patient's privacy breached

Patient's privacy breached

A former Southern District Health Board booking administrator who admitted accessing information about a patient's abortion appeared before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in Dunedin yesterday.

'Grey area' possible in use of ketamine

Mental health patients in Dunedin were not treated experimentally when they were given ketamine, but it was ''borderline'', the Health and Disability Commissioner has found.

New mothers spending less time in hospital

The Southern District Health Board is playing down figures showing new mothers are on average spending less time in Dunedin Hospital despite funding to allow longer stays.

New Crown monitor for health board

New Crown monitor for health board

Former ACC chief executive Jan White, of Wellington, has been appointed Crown monitor of the Southern District Health Board, replacing Stuart McLauchlan, who has retired from the role.

Much-photographed railway station window restored

Much-photographed railway station window restored

A three-piece stained glass window set in the Dunedin Railway Station has been encased in toughened glass following a careful restoration.

Ambitious $21m plans for cable cars

Ambitious $21m plans for cable cars

Re-establishing the High St cable car line will show off Otago engineering, rejuvenate the Exchange, and encourage development south of the Octagon, Dunedin Cable Car Group chairman Phil Cole told a public meeting in Dunedin yesterday.

Call for Kiwi in top health role

Call for Kiwi in top health role

The top job in the health bureaucracy will hopefully go to a New Zealand-based candidate who knows the system before they start, University of Otago health systems authority Prof Robin Gauld says.

SDHB has 6-week wait for urgent colonoscopy

Southern District Health Board patients were waiting six weeks for an urgent colonoscopy at the end of May, data released under the Official Information Act shows.

Senior doctors oppose Bill

The senior doctors' union is opposing proposed labour law changes it fears could create a more fractious industrial relations environment.

Release refused

The Southern District Health Board has refused to release a document outlining a restructuring it shelved after having second thoughts.