Eileen Goodwin

No gain for pharmacies

A Dunedin pharmacist wants his customers to understand he does not benefit financially from the Government's hike in prescription charges.

Prescription hike doubts

Increasing the prescription price to fund other health services is a "questionable trade-off", a University of Otago public health specialist says.

Electronic system adopted

Electronic system adopted

The Southern District Health Board is the first DHB in New Zealand to approve introduction of full electronic prescribing for its main hospitals, it was announced yesterday.

Ministry appeal thrown out

Ministry appeal thrown out

The Court of Appeal has thrown out an appeal by the Ministry of Health regarding payments for parents who care for their disabled children.

Criticism of $2 prescription price rise

Criticism of $2 prescription price rise

Going to the chemist is set to be more expensive from next January, when the general prescription charge rises from $3 to $5.

South Island DHBs save $12 million

By working together, five South Island district health boards have saved $12 million so far this financial year, the South Island Health Alliance has announced.

New system brings delays

A backlog of older people are waiting for needs assessments because of delays in implementing a new computer system in the South.

SDHB to consult on diabetic health service strategy

The Southern District Health Board is to consult the public on a diabetes strategy that will guide health services for diatics for the next decade.

Quit-smoking aids not cure-all, expert says

Quit-smoking aids not cure-all, expert says

Smokers wanting to break the habit should not put too much faith in pharmaceutical aids, smoking cessation specialist Dr Hayden McRobbie says.

Report highlights gap

The pay gap between public and private aged care workers is evidence of the "fundamental failure of capitalism", Service and Food Workers' Union strategic industrial leader Alastair Duncan says.