Eileen Goodwin

Sleepovers could be 'significant' cost

The Southern District Health Board's exposure to the multimillion-dollar sleepover settlement is "potentially significant", finance and funding general manager Robert Mackway-Jones told board members on Thursday.

Care workers acting to protest 1% offer

Pact care workers will take industrial action this month to protest a 1% wage offer.

Inquiry into use of ketamine

The Health and Disability Commissioner yesterday started a "formal investigation" into the use of ketamine for treating mental-health patients at Dunedin Hospital.

Weight surgery grows in the South

More weight-loss operations are being carried out in the South, and now for the first time at both Southland Hospital and Dunedin Hospital.

Varied SDHB meeting venues queried

Is there any point holding district health board meetings outside Dunedin or Invercargill?

Whether the expense of holding meetings in other centres was worth it was considered by Southern District Health Board members considering their 2012 meetings schedule yesterday.

Whooping cough vaccination 'cocooning' call

A Dunedin Hospital paediatrician says parents and grandparents around babies should be vaccinated against whooping cough.

Wage deal 'brilliant'

Wage deal 'brilliant'

They deal with seizures, have been physically attacked, and say they would love to see a politician do their job for a day.

Ambulance response times stretched

Ambulance response times stretched

Ambulances have not met urban response time targets since 2007 because of increased demand, crowded roads, and new housing developments, a Government report says.

'Don't blame us for shop closure threat': DCC

'Don't blame us for shop closure threat': DCC

Some people are wrongly blaming the Dunedin City Council for the "frustrating" potential threat of closure of the Macandrew Bay Store, DCC liquor licensing and projects officer Kevin Mechen says.

Port police station change proposed

Port police station change proposed

The Port Chalmers police station would become a patrol base instead of a rural two-person station under a restructuring plan, but policing resources would not change, Dunedin-Clutha police area commander Inspector Dave Campbell says.