Eileen Goodwin

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.

'Encouraged to remain silent' on deficit

'Encouraged to remain silent' on deficit

Board members were gagged from speaking about the Southern District Health Board's funding shortfall, sacked board member Neville Cook says.

Thomson was considered for chairman's role

Thomson was considered for chairman's role

Richard Thomson was considered for the role of chairman of the embattled Southern District Health Board, papers released under the Official Information Act show.

Likely to settle out of court

Likely to settle out of court

The aged care gender pay case may be about to take a major turn, as the Government wants to settle out of court.

Whooping cough cases

Two cases of whooping cough have been confirmed on the Taieri, in Mosgiel and Outram, Public Health South confirmed yesterday.

Health funding slashed $1.7b: Labour

Research commissioned by the Labour Party claims health funding has been ''slashed'' by $1.7 billion since 2010.

Isis centre changes on cards

Isis centre changes on cards

The Southern District Health Board says it is still pondering whether to change the name of the Isis Centre, in Dunedin, five months after it said it was considering the matter.