Repeated stalling on the $300 million Dunedin Hospital
redevelopment shows the timeframe is slipping, but the
Government will not admit it, North Dunedin MP David Clark
Patients have been waiting in corridors in the Dunedin
Hospital emergency department as it copes with an influx that
is stressing the entire hospital.
The Southern District Health Board has acknowledged it has no
idea how much the Compass Group will spend equipping its
kitchens over the next 15 years.
More than a quarter of ear, nose and throat patients who need
surgery are being turned away from the overloaded Dunedin
Hospital department, a letter released under the Official
Information Act shows.
over the proposed outsourcing of hospital kitchens dominated
the first 30 minutes of a Southern District Health Board
public meeting in Dunedin last night.
Dunedin Hospital is the country's sole public provider of a
specialist radiation therapy and an upgrade means the service
will be secured here.
The Government's time frame for a new clinical services
building at Dunedin Hospital appears to have slipped.
Views diverge sharply about whether Dunedin Hospital should
become a lower-grade hospital, or should try to hold on to
its existing status, feedback on a new Southern District
Health Board strategic plan indicates.
Throwing good money after bad on the clinical services
building at Dunedin Hospital does not make sense and the
rebuild should be sped up, Southern District Health Board
member Dr John Chambers says.
Up to $50 million will be needed to keep the clinical
services building at Dunedin Hospital going for another 10
years, according to an assessment by the Beca consultancy
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