Eileen Goodwin

Tens of thousands await surgery in South

Tens of thousands await surgery in South

About 40,000 people in the Southern District Health Board area may require elective surgery, a survey released yesterday suggests.

Lack of cafe custom costs job

Lack of cafe custom costs job

The Compass Group has made a food manager redundant in Dunedin because of a lack of custom at hospital staff cafes.

'Clearly' issue with hospital food

'Clearly' issue with hospital food

The Southern District Health Board is ‘‘absolutely'' holding the Compass Group to account over the standard of Dunedin Hospital meals, but specific details and clauses in the 15-year contract with the multinational remain obscure.

Hospital 'shock' as super bug discovered

Hospital 'shock' as super bug discovered

Five Dunedin Hospital patients have screened positive for an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a reminder of the importance of infection control, chief medical officer Dr Nigel Millar says.

Experiment 'backfired', Crerar says

Experiment 'backfired', Crerar says

Lowering the drinking age in the late 1990s "backfired'' by contributing to alcohol-related deaths, David Crerar says.

City research on patient woes quoted

City research on patient woes quoted

Dunedin research highlighting the plight of Otago's hip and knee patients was raised in Parliament yesterday.

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.