Eileen Goodwin

Good attendance at church services

Good attendance at church services

Almost every member of the Knox Church congregation was brought up to the altar during the Christmas service yesterday to re-enact the nativity scene.

No turkey on hospital menu this year

No turkey on hospital menu this year

In a break with tradition, the Southern District Health Board is not serving turkey on Christmas Day this year. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin catches up with Dunedin Hospital head chef Kostya Cherkun as he prepares for the big day.

Hospital problems being fixed: board

Hospital problems being fixed: board

The poor condition of parts of Dunedin Hospital highlighted in official documents released yesterday by a Labour MP are being dealt with, the Southern District Health Board says.

Senior doctors critical of Xmas message

Senior doctors critical of Xmas message

An animated video clip depicting the chief executive as a dancing Christmas elf has reportedly ''stunned'' some doctors at the Southern District Health Board.

Academics question IQ study

Academics question IQ study

A Dunedin study that cleared fluoride of adversely affecting IQ has been sharply criticised in an academic letter published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

Immigration NZ city office closing

Immigration NZ city office closing

Immigration New Zealand's Dunedin office is closing, almost two years after the decision was first announced.

Loss of training right a blow for hospital

Loss of training right a blow for hospital

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.

'Brutal' cuts will hit SDHB hardest: doctors

'Brutal' cuts will hit SDHB hardest: doctors

The South will be hit especially hard by potential health cuts revealed in a leaked Cabinet committee paper, the senior doctors' union warns.

Top-paid staff nearly all clinical

Top-paid staff nearly all clinical

The Southern District Health Board has released figures showing just three of its 116 staff earning a top salary are non-clinical.

Costing details withheld

The Auckland-based entity driving the privatisation of southern hospital kitchens refuses to release information about purported savings, citing commercial sensitivity.