Immigration New Zealand's Dunedin office is closing, almost
two years after the decision was first announced.
Losing the right to train intensive care unit specialists in
Dunedin Hospital is an ''unpleasant surprise'' that will
affect staff recruitment, Southern District Health Board's
medical director of surgery says.
The South will be hit especially hard by potential health
cuts revealed in a leaked Cabinet committee paper, the senior
doctors' union warns.
The Southern District Health Board has released figures
showing just three of its 116 staff earning a top salary are
The Auckland-based entity driving the privatisation of
southern hospital kitchens refuses to release information
about purported savings, citing commercial sensitivity.
After 26 years as a district nurse in Strath Taieri, Pauline
Carruthers says she has missed contact with patients in their
own homes since leaving the position.
Job losses are possible if southern hospital kitchens are
privatised, the Southern District Health Board says.
The Dunedin City Council has been asked to apply for an
urgent stop work order amid concerns quarrying of the lower
hump of Saddle Hill could cause it to collapse.
The South will not be left behind by a new cancer treatment
target, but there will be challenges in some areas, medical
oncology clinical leader Dr Blair McLaren says.
Hospital kitchens in Dunedin, Queenstown and Invercargill
will be privatised, provided the benefits stack up, the
Southern District Health Board announced yesterday.
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