Negotiations determining the fate of the Dunedin-based
National Poisons Centre are not transparent, and may result
in a significantly downgraded service presented as a fait
accompli, Dunedin North MP Dr David Clark says.
Act New Zealand's Dunedin North candidate has quit, citing a
''fundamental disagreement'' with leader Dr Jamie Whyte over
Southern GPs are being asked to change their prescribing
habits to free up funds for other health services.
In a bid to stop the closure of Dunedin's physio pool, the
trust that runs the facility will appeal to Southern District
Health Board members in Dunedin tomorrow.
Cuts to training and development mean some Southern District
Health Board staff are facing unsafe situations, a Public
Service Association organiser says.
Labour will halt a controversial hospital meal plan if
elected next month, the party's health spokeswoman says.
More than 30 mums and babies participated in The Big Latch On
in Meridian mall, organiser Natalie Sinclair said.
Southern District Health Board has released preliminary
costings for the physio pool upgrade it claims will cost up
to $1 million.
The swims that transformed paraplegic Jim Duncan's life after
a devastating cycling crash will end if the physio pool
closes in December.
Funding the influenza vaccine for older people is worth the
cost, despite its lower effectiveness in that demographic,
Auckland University Immunisation Advisory Centre director Dr
Nikki Turner says.
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