Eileen Goodwin

Surgical swab left inside patient

Surgical swab left inside patient

A surgical swab left inside a patient and a patient who fell off the operating table were among incidents reported by the Southern District Health Board in the annual adverse events report, released yesterday.

Claim midwives' ideology hinders bids to stop falls

Ideological opposition from midwives makes it difficult to instigate change to hospital practices to reduce the incidence of neonatal falls, a junior paediatrics trainee says.

$89 a child after hours

Parents pay up to $89 for after-hours medical appointments for children aged 6-17 in some parts of New Zealand, delegates heard yesterday.

Immediate action needed on superbugs: prof

Immediate action needed on superbugs: prof

There are likely to be more deaths from antibiotic-resistant superbugs but a ''doomsday'' scenario is unlikely, University of Otago Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases director Prof Kurt Krause says.

Questions over child injury data accuracy

Official figures showing only 13% of child head and neck injuries were intentional might reflect inadequate information recording, a University of Otago academic told delegates at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand's 65th annual scientific meeting in Dunedin yesterday.

Fertility service decision next week

After months of delay, the Southern District Health Board will announce next week whether it will outsource its fertility service.

Type 1 diabetics wary of stigma

Type 1 diabetics wary of stigma

Type 1 diabetics are stigmatised by talk of an ''obesity epidemic'', a phrase that should be ''completely erased'', a type 1 sufferer told experts at a forum in Dunedin yesterday.

Thomson still out in cold

Thomson still out in cold

The former health board chairman sacked by Health Minister Tony Ryall a few years ago over the Michael Swann fraud has been told a return to a position of responsibility is still not ''politically acceptable''.

Mann happy with trans fat ban

The United States is moving to ban artificial trans fats from food, but that ingredient legally does not even have to be labelled in New Zealand, University of Otago nutrition and diabetes authority Prof Jim Mann says.

Health board planning more mental health cuts, PSA says

The Public Service Association (PSA) says the Southern District Health Board plans more cuts to its already strained mental health service.