Eileen Goodwin

Kitchen workers under pressure

Kitchen workers under pressure

Dunedin Hospital kitchen workers are being run "ragged'' trying to make the Compass Group food system work, while being criticised by disgruntled patients and chasing the multinational over wage errors, a union says.

'Awesome' support for protesters

'Awesome' support for protesters

A decision to shift mental health programmes to Wakari Hospital prompted activists to chain themselves to a fence at Dunedin Hospital for several hours yesterday.

Moving on from health funds row

Moving on from health funds row

The Southern District Health Board has again drawn a line under its dispute with South Link Health and this time it appears the decision will not be re-visited.

Union missing HR leader from SDHB

Union missing HR leader from SDHB

The head of human resources at the Southern District Health Board left in a ‘‘huge rush'' and now the department is undergoing major change without input from unions, an organiser says.

Resourcing help for autism still 'not great'

Resourcing help for autism still 'not great'

Hearing their 2-year-old recite the alphabet backwards helped parents Mel Stevenson and Alex Gilks realise something was different about their son.

Electorate posts filled

A new chairwoman and secretary have been elected in the National Party's Clutha-Southland electorate as the party tries to move on from the upheaval of recent months.

Hospital food excellent, minister says (+ video)

Hospital food excellent, minister says (+ video)

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman tried to draw a line under the Dunedin Hospital food controversy by sampling the meals at a hastily arranged luncheon yesterday.

Minister praises hospital meals (+ video)

Minister praises hospital meals (+ video)

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has praised the ''standard Kiwi fare'' he sampled at Dunedin Hospital today, and says there is ''nothing wrong'' with the meals.

No media for minister's taste test

No media for minister's taste test

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has bowed to pressure to taste test controversial new meals at Dunedin Hospital, but without media present.

Surgery shortfall worsens

Surgery shortfall worsens

The "explicit rationing'' of joint-replacement surgery in Otago is worsening, and patients should look to other ways of funding their surgery, a research paper published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal says.