Eileen Goodwin

Praise for mental-health plan

A draft mental-health plan promises a new start for mental-health patients still "languishing" in wards, Corstorphine Baptist Community Trust chief executive Wendy Halsey says.

Rest-home workers strike

Rest-home workers strike

Redroofs Rest Home workers and their supporters picket outside the Oceania Group facility in Dunblane St, Dunedin, during their two-hour strike yesterday morning.

New unit live by midyear

The observation unit under construction at Dunedin Hospital will be operational in June or July, although final sign-off was not expected until August, acting chief operating officer (Otago) Megan Boivin told the board meeting in Invercargill yesterday.

Question over rise in expected deficit

Question over rise in expected deficit

Southern District Health Board member Richard Thomson has asked whether there was a "cunning plan" to spend almost up to the board's approved deficit unnecessarily.

EDs perform better; SDHB still 17th

Dunedin and Southland emergency departments' (ED) performance in the latest DHB league tables improved, although the Southern District Health Board remained 17th of the 20 DHBs, the same as in the first quarter.

Passengers put push on ED

Increasing numbers of cruise-ship passengers are adding to Dunedin Hospital emergency department's workload, Southern District Health Board operations manager (Otago) Megan Boivin told the hospitals' advisory committee in Invercargill yesterday.

'Blowout' in cost of medical wages

'Blowout' in cost of medical wages

A medical wages "blowout" in January must not be repeated or it will affect Southern District Health Board's year-end financial performance, board chairman Joe Butterfield told the hospitals' advisory committee in Invercargill yesterday.

Rest-home workers striking

Rest-home workers striking

After 32 years of looking after the elderly, the most Dunedin caregiver Vicki Taylor can hope to be paid is $16.22, the top hourly rate for health-care assistants at Redroofs Rest Home.

Proposal to reduce services at Isis centre

Proposal to reduce services at Isis centre

Bed numbers and nursing staff at Wakari Hospital's specialist rehabilitation service (Isis) will be cut to deal with a funding shortfall, a Southern District Health Board staff consultation document says.

Seismic risk looks terminal

Seismic risk looks terminal

Three Southern District Health Board buildings have been earmarked for possible demolition because of the prohibitive cost of strengthening them, a report to tomorrow's hospitals' advisory committee meeting says.