Eileen Goodwin

Surgery penalty decried

That DHBs are "punished" for providing too many operations is a "perversity", the head of the senior doctors' union says.

SDHB appoints medical officer

SDHB appoints medical officer

The Southern District Health Board has appointed former Southland chief medical officer David Tulloch as chief medical officer (CMO) for the region.

High flu-like illness rate

Otago and Southland recorded the third-highest rate of flu-like illness presentations in New Zealand last week, an ESR flu update shows.

Alcohol education missed

A new position statement on alcohol failed to include education as a solution to alcohol abuse, Southern District Health Board member Kaye Crowther says.

Endorsed by the DHB yesterday, the position statement was created in partnership with all South Island DHBs.

Clampdown on elective surgery

Clampdown on elective surgery

The Southern District Health Board is vowing to clamp down on the number of elective surgical procedures carried out to try to avoid further cost overruns.

Thomson wants accounting revealed

Thomson wants accounting revealed

The public has a right to know that Southern District Health Board is shifting $3.9 million of liabilities from the last financial year in to the future, hospital advisory committee member Richard Thomson says.

Support changes to be discussed today

A Southern District Health Board committee today will discuss, behind closed doors, changes to home-based support for older people.

Dunedin's shortage of urologists drives patient to Christchurch

Dunedin's shortage of urologists drives patient to Christchurch

A Dunedin man is urging urology patients to consider seeking medical attention in Christchurch while Dunedin has just one permanent urologist.

Study finds issues with IF scheme

Concerns an unregulated "second-class" carer workforce is being created by the burgeoning "individualised funding" (IF) scheme for the disabled are revealed in an evaluation commissioned by the Ministry of Health.

PHOs could stay exempt under right-to-know law

Primary health organisations (PHOs) will probably remain outside freedom of information law because they are not statutory bodies, the lead commissioner of a major review of the Official Information Act (OIA) says.