Eileen Goodwin

Board's letter about 'serious problems' offends doctors

Board's letter about 'serious problems' offends doctors

The senior doctors' union is unimpressed with what it calls a "petty point-scoring" open letter Southern District Health Board management has sent Dunedin Hospital emergency department staff.

Health merger takes big step forward today

Health merger takes big step forward today

A "forced arranged marriage" is how Southern District Health Board's chief medical officer describes the health merger of a couple of years ago.

Second oncologist set to draw patients

A second medical oncologist who recently joined Dunedin's burgeoning private chemotherapy service is expected to increase patient numbers, Mercy Hospital chief executive Richard Whitney says.

Discussion of suicide encouraged

Discussion of suicide encouraged

The silence around suicide is not working, and moves to open up the issue are to be encouraged, a Pacific Island suicide prevention workshop convener says.

'Unusual' process in doctor's case

In a "highly unusual" process, the Southern District Health Board has proposed a formal first warning to a doctor and invited him to argue his case against it, the head of the senior doctors' union says.

SDHB members may do ward time

SDHB members may do ward time

New Southern District Health Board members have been told they may need to spend time on the wards with staff to learn about the reality of the health sector.

Concern for MSD sufferers

Concern for MSD sufferers

Osteoarthritis sufferer Karen Browne says her job gives her the social and financial security many with her condition lack.

Majority of submissions favour Mercy proposal

The Dunedin City Council received 11 submissions on Mercy Hospital's proposed plan change, a letter to hospital neighbours says.

Health board accused of 'blatant intimidation'

Health board accused of 'blatant intimidation'

A respected Dunedin Hospital specialist is suffering "blatant intimidation" from the Southern District Health Board, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine New Zealand faculty chairman Dr John Bonning says.

Diabetes study hit by lack of funds

Lack of funds for a diabetes study is putting at risk work that could place Dunedin at the forefront of stem cell research, University of Otago haematologist and cell biologist Dr Jim Faed says.