Eileen Goodwin

$5m for high-cost medicines

$5m for high-cost medicines

Pharmac has announced plans for a $5 million annual fund for certain high-cost medicines, after pressure from advocates who say drugs for rare diseases stand little chance under current funding rules.

ED seen as improving

ED seen as improving

Dunedin Hospital's emergency department is a happier place these days, and fewer patients face long waits, emergency department specialist Prof Mike Ardagh says.

Heatly defends senior managers

Heatly defends senior managers

Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly has hit back at claims senior managers were misleading about the reason for dropping the contract for breast-screening.

'Muppets with animals' launched in Singapore

'Muppets with animals' launched in Singapore

The children's television channel made in Dunedin was launched at a black-tie event in Singapore yesterday.

New provider aiming to employ local staff

The new provider of breast-screening in Otago and Southland is confident it can recruit radiologists based in the South, saying it prefers not to send images elsewhere to be read.

Disability agencies set to merge

Minimal job losses are expected from merging two Dunedin-based intellectual disability support agencies.

Public-private setup backed

Public-private setup backed

The proposed public-private partnership at Lakes District Hospital, Queenstown, is not like projects overseas that caused concern about fairness and cost to the public purse, Southern District Health Board members were told yesterday.

Lease agreement sought

The Southern District Health Board wants the University of Otago to sign a lease for the use of space in the Dunedin Hospital complex.

Dilemma for board

The Fraser Building, part of the Dunedin Hospital complex in Dunedin, needs a new roof, at a cost of up to $800,000, Southern District Health Board members heard yesterday.

Doctors rate SDHB poorly

The Southern District Health Board has ranked poorly in a survey of senior doctors.