Eileen Goodwin

Dunedin faces losing health jobs

Dunedin faces losing health jobs

Dunedin could lose more jobs under moves to centralise health board finance, procurement and administration jobs.

Summit to seek rectal cancer solutions

A "landmark'' bowel cancer summit meeting in Wellington today will look at how to improve survival rates in New Zealand, which are lower than those of other countries, summit convener Dunedin medical oncologist Chris Jackson says.

Fertility decision delayed

The Southern District Health Board has again delayed a decision over whether to approve a controversial proposal to outsource its fertility service.

Public health approach to fluoride debate challenged

Public health approach to fluoride debate challenged

The approach some public health officials take to the fluoride debate is too ideological, and they may lose the argument through a lack of engagement, Southern District Health Board member Richard Thomson warns.

Fear risks disregarded

The loss of jobs in the South risks exacerbating ageing population issues in ways not well understood, a Southern District Health Board member says.

Pharmac hears of priorities

Pharmac hears of priorities

There is no evidence-based drug that can help Jo Heslop's 11-year-old son Cody, who has a rare degenerative disease.

Big drop in wait times for scans

Dunedin Hospital scanners are working overtime to reduce waiting times, which should be within the targeted 12 weeks by the end of this month.

Patient's privacy breached

Patient's privacy breached

A former Southern District Health Board booking administrator who admitted accessing information about a patient's abortion appeared before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in Dunedin yesterday.

'Grey area' possible in use of ketamine

Mental health patients in Dunedin were not treated experimentally when they were given ketamine, but it was ''borderline'', the Health and Disability Commissioner has found.

New Crown monitor for health board

New Crown monitor for health board

Former ACC chief executive Jan White, of Wellington, has been appointed Crown monitor of the Southern District Health Board, replacing Stuart McLauchlan, who has retired from the role.