Eileen Goodwin

Ministry clears Southern breast-screening programme

Ministry clears Southern breast-screening programme

A Ministry of Health investigation has cleared the Southern District Health Board's breast-screening programme of concerns its rate of "false negatives" was unacceptably high.

Cancer survival rates improve

Cancer survival rates improve

Cancer survival rates have improved markedly - although the picture is not so rosy if you are Maori or poor, a University of Otago report says.

Ministry to get colonoscopy data from DHBs

Ministry to get colonoscopy data from DHBs

The Ministry of Health will start gathering colonoscopy data from district health boards, but it should not be seen as a "report card" of DHBs, Ministry of Health cancer programme national clinical director Dr John Childs says.

'Pretty good' response to mental-health plan

 'Pretty good' response to mental-health plan

More than 100 submissions on the Southern District Health Board's sector-wide mental-health and addiction plan are being considered, finance and funding general manager Robert Mackway-Jones says.

Health providers sought

The Southern District Health Board has called for expressions of interest from health providers wanting to be based at Lakes District Hospital, as the DHB implements National Health Board recommendations.

No medical emergency jobs to go: chairman

No medical emergency jobs to go: chairman

Southern District Health Board chairman Joe Butterfield has denied a claim he is cutting medical staff at Dunedin Hospital's emergency department, but says staff need to stick to agreed budgets.

Hearing of 134 re-tested

Dunedin Hospital's audiology department has re-tested 134 children following concerns about testing protocol, but clinicians are not finding problems, audiologist Robyn McNeur says.

Trust to consider reprieve

Tuatapere Maternity may get a six-month reprieve from Southern District Health Board, the Waiau Health Trust says.

Mystery of the empty life raft

The marine rescue service has to do a "bit of detective work" after finding an empty 25-person life raft floating 49 nautical miles east of Dunedin, Rescue Co-ordination Centre spokesman Ross Henderson says.

GPS systems send Peninsula tourists off track

GPS systems send Peninsula tourists off track

Tourists could be saved from getting in a "hell of a pickle" if GPS systems stopped sending them up paper roads, Otago Peninsula Community Board member Senior Constable Lox Kellas says.