District health boards will provide free after-hours care for
more than 60% of under-6-year-olds by July, and it was never
the plan to do so for all young children by then, a
spokeswoman for Health Minister Tony Ryall says.
The Southern District Health Board spent $107,663 buying
equipment to provide retinal surgery after recruiting an eye
surgeon who then stayed about 18 months, an Official
Information Act request has revealed.
Southern Primary Health Organisation has appointed extra
staff to help Otago and Southland GP practices finding it
"tough going" to get enough patients through the doors, PHO
chief executive Ian Macara says.