Eileen Goodwin

Boost KiwiSaver, raise eligibility: report

Boost KiwiSaver, raise eligibility: report

A beefed-up KiwiSaver and a gradually rising age of eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation are the core of a proposal the savings industry says would put future retirement income on a sounder footing.

Fears over free service for infants

Fears over free service for infants

Some GPs fear providing free after-hours care to under-6s will put more pressure on already stretched services, particularly in tourist towns and rural areas, Southern Primary Health Organisation chief executive Ian Macara says.

105 non-urgent patients on active review in ENT service, DHB says

105 non-urgent patients on active review in ENT service, DHB says

More than 100 patients with non-urgent conditions are sitting on "active review" in the Southern District Health Board's ear, nose, and throat service, meaning the DHB would like to offer them surgery within 18 months.

Health board hire plan flawed: doctor

A plan for district health boards to assume responsibility for hiring first-year GP registrars has failed, the New Zealand Medical Association says.

Call to fund GPs for skin lesion removal

Call to fund GPs for skin lesion removal

Funding for skin lesion removal in general practice should be increased to help the Southern District Health Board's struggling ear, nose, and throat (ENT) service, Dr Peter Ripley says.

Pay dispute ends

A long-running aged-care wage dispute has been settled, with union members at Redroofs Rest Home in Dunedin accepting 3.22%.

Hospital struggles with demand

Hospital struggles with demand

The Southern District Health Board is appealing to people not to be put off going to their GP, as Dunedin Hospital struggles with high demand.

Added closed-door meetings explained

The Southern District Health Board spends more time deliberating behind closed doors now because annual planning work, which used to be done in workshops, has shifted to DHB meetings, chairman Joe Butterfield says.

Suspended pharmacist clarifies code stance

A Dunedin pharmacist has written to his customers explaining why he breached pharmacy rules he says were not consistent with his duty of care to patients.

Dismay healthy eating programmes ending

It is disappointing healthy eating programmes are ending at the end of this month, Southern District Health Board member Sandra Cook says.