The funding formula used to hand out $9 billion of public
money for health cannot be fully deciphered, a University of
Otago technical report says.
Health Minister Tony Ryall surprised Dunedin Hospital
emergency department staff with an impromptu visit yesterday.
Radiology services are to be reviewed across Otago and
Southland as the Southern District Health Board continues
efforts to reduce waiting times for tests.
The Southern District Health Board is to seek a provider for
a dementia daycare service, a report to today's disability
and public health committee meeting in Dunedin says.
The Southern District Health Board's projected deficit has
worsened to $10.2 million, a report to Thursday's board
Bowel cancer is at long last getting the recognition it
deserves, Southern District Health Board colorectal surgeon
Associate Prof Mark Thompson-Fawcett says.
Some chronic nasal conditions will have to be treated by GPs
because the Southern District Health Board's ear, nose, and
throat department cannot cope with demand, service clinical
leader Jamie Ryan says.
Another 12,000 New Zealanders will have died from bowel
cancer in the decade or so it could take to set up a national
screening programme, Beat Bowel Cancer Aotearoa says.
The Southern District Health Board is introducing a single
chief medical position, instead of chiefs in Otago and
Southland, chief executive Carole Heatly has decided.
Dunedin researchers are appealing for the public to help fund
stem cell research they say pharmaceutical companies will not
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