Despite dramatic cuts, the Southern District Health
Board still provides about 15% more assistance at home to the
elderly than the national average, finance and funding
general manager Robert Mackway-Jones says.
Dunedin Urgent Doctors and
Accident Centre operates with a single GP during the day as
part of changes introduced to cope with the economic
downturn, but the situation is closely monitored, chairman Dr
Kim Maiai says.
With extra maternity funding to be delivered in the Budget,
Plunket Society would be able to extend and strengthen a
postnatal depression support service in the South, Otago and
Southland area manager Barb Long says.
The Dunedin-based chairman of pharmaceutical-buying agency
Pharmac says he is aware the "drumbeat" of the United States
pharmaceutical lobby has intensified because of free trade
talks between the United States and New Zealand.