Eileen Goodwin

Breakaway PHO proposal stirs controversy

Breakaway PHO proposal stirs controversy

A second Primary Health Organisation in the South would waste resources through duplicating expensive management structures, Mornington Health Centre says.

Staff treatment 'absolutely terrible', union says

Issues raised by unhappy residential care staff at Rendell on Reed rest-home in Oamaru are being worked through, facility director Paul Renwick says.

Compliance costs take toll

Compliance costs take toll

"Huge" compliance costs are a factor in the decision to close Maranatha Rest Home, board member Richard Horne says.

Aged care pay claim under way

Aged care pay claim under way

Sector leaders are tight-lipped about negotiations under way in Wellington to settle a historic pay claim in the aged care sector.

Big rise in free GP visits

Big rise in free GP visits

Uptake of free GP appointments for children under 13 is ''exponentially'' high, and practices will be forced to reinstate charges if funding runs out, the Mornington Health Centre says.

Nebuliser user support seen as post code lottery

Nebuliser user support seen as post code lottery

Rachael Cox has to spend 40 minutes of every day on a nebuliser. Her father, Cystic Fibrosis Otago president Julian Cox, of Dunedin, said that was less than many cystic fibrosis patients, some of whom spend up to three hours a day on a nebuliser.

Hospital food 'chaos' in Auckland

Staff and food problems are causing ''chaos'' at hospitals in Auckland where a new hospital food contract started last month, the Service and Food Workers' Union says.

DHBs given less opt-out control

District health boards have less ability to withdraw from unpopular savings programmes, such as the hospital food outsourcing not yet adopted by many boards, under the new organisation set up to cut costs, a Cabinet paper released under the Official Information Act shows.

Hepatitis C elimination possible with new drugs

Eliminating hepatitis C from New Zealand could be possible if access can be secured to emerging drugs, Associate Prof Catherine Stedman says.

Cutting through the spin

When pub politics show Back Benches started, its producers at times had to wrench prepared talking points away from MPs.