Eileen Goodwin

Calm, colourful start to street party

Calm, colourful start to street party

Organisers are pleased with the early hours of the street party on Hyde St today.

Crews called out to petrol station fire

Crews called out to petrol station fire

A fire in the retail area of the Caltex petrol station on Taieri Rd is not being treated as suspicious, a New Zealand Fire Service spokesman says.

Obscure health funding upsets

Obscure health funding upsets

Concerns over the fairness and secrecy of health funding have re-emerged in the wake of Southern District Health Board warning its deficit has blown out and it must cut costs.

SDHB 'in extreme difficulties'

SDHB 'in extreme difficulties'

The Southern District Health Board is facing ''extreme financial difficulties'', meaning tough decisions have to be taken, departing chairman Joe Butterfield says.

Loan disclosure fuels health body scrutiny

Loan disclosure fuels health body scrutiny

A controversial organisation set up to save big money for district health boards is under more scrutiny as it has emerged it owes the Government millions of dollars - and DHBs might be forced to pay it.

Launch for Dunedin branch of Science Communicators group

A Dunedin branch of the Science Communicators Association is being launched tomorrow with an event at the Otago Museum about alcohol and the brain. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin spoke to organisers.

Expects Delta to be paid 'millions'

Expects Delta to be paid 'millions'

Delta is confident of being paid a ''significant portion'' of a potential bad debt, worth millions of dollars, Dunedin City Holdings Ltd chairman Graham Crombie says.

Council sets up whistleblower committee

Council sets up whistleblower committee

An internal audit policy adopted by the Dunedin City Council shifts responsibility to governance level, an ''important change'', councillor Richard Thomson told a council meeting yesterday.

Cardiac MRIs may be done privately

Cardiac MRIs may be done privately

The Southern District Health Board is considering sending cardiac MRI test patients to private hospitals, as it is about to lose the second of two specially trained cardiologists.

Upgrade ensures continued service

Upgrade ensures continued service

Dunedin Hospital is the country's sole public provider of a specialist radiation therapy and an upgrade means the service will be secured here.