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.
Dunedin Hospital's emergency department is a happier place
these days, and fewer patients face long waits, emergency
department specialist Prof Mike Ardagh says.
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.
The children's television channel made in Dunedin was
launched at a black-tie event in Singapore yesterday.
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.
Minimal job losses are expected from merging two
Dunedin-based intellectual disability support agencies.
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.
The Southern District Health Board wants the University of
Otago to sign a lease for the use of space in the Dunedin
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.
The Southern District Health Board has ranked poorly in a
survey of senior doctors.
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