Eileen Goodwin

Nurses fear impact of cost-cutting on patients

The nurses' union is sceptical of claims Southern District Health Board cost-cutting will not affect patient care.

Rising to the challenge of a stroke

Rising to the challenge of a stroke

A stroke doesn't have to mean the end of everything Stroke survivor Dave Griffin and his wife Brenda travelled to Los Angeles for treatment that has given his rehabilitation a big boost. Reporter Eileen Goodwin spoke to the couple recently.

GP letter fast-track plan slammed

A plan to fast-track patients with GP letters through southern hospitals will exacerbate health inequalities, Labour's Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark says.

Breast-screening fears as standoff continues

Breast-screening fears as standoff continues

The South's breast-screening service may come to a ''standstill'' because the Southern District Health Board is refusing to honour mammographers' redundancies, the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees (Apex) says.

Cost-cutting decisions scrutinised

Cost-cutting decisions scrutinised

Just who is driving urgent cost-cutting at the Southern District Health Board was under scrutiny yesterday as the board mulled its parlous financial position.

Labour calls for inquiry into surgical mesh use

Labour calls for inquiry into surgical mesh use

Labour has called for an independent inquiry into the use of surgical mesh because of the harm it has caused patients.

'GP first' system to smooth hospital path

'GP first' system to smooth hospital path

Patients are to be told they will be moved quickly through hospital services if they have a GP's letter, rather than turning up at southern emergency departments unannounced.

Group to push for surgical mesh inquiry

Group to push for surgical mesh inquiry

Southern patients suffering complications from surgical mesh will be represented at Parliament's health select committee today in Wellington, where advocates will urge the Government to launch an independent inquiry.

Norovirus still mystery

Norovirus still mystery

Recent outbreaks of norovirus in southern rest-homes and hospitals have prompted Public Health South to call for the rapid development of a surveillance system.

Dietitian defends health star food rating system

Dietitian defends health star food rating system

A University of Otago dietitian who helped develop a new health star food rating system is defending the scheme from criticism, and says it is not designed to resolve the ''fat sugar debacle''.