Inevitably, the draft southern strategic health services plan
will create unease in the South about whether it signals the
long-feared downgrade of Dunedin Hospital.
It would be wrong to characterise the Southern District
Health Board as an ''unhappy DHB'', new health minister Dr
Jonathan Coleman says.
Patients are to be told they will be moved quickly through
hospital services if they have a GP's letter, rather than
turning up at southern emergency departments unannounced.
The Southern District Health Board has approved a $1.75
million repair job to fix Dunedin Hospital's seven-storey
clinical services building.
Southern District Health Board members will consider a
request for up to $1.75 million to fix the leaking clinical
services building at Dunedin Hospital when they meet in
Dunedin Hospital has been hit by a ''perfect storm'' of two
different gastroenteritis bugs, patient services medical
director Dick Bunton says.
A survey showing 38% of public hospital staff had been
assaulted in the previous year highlights matters requiring
''urgent attention'', University of Otago researchers say.
It is unfair to expect the cash-strapped Southern District
Health Board to find a million dollars to fix leaks at
Dunedin Hospital, Labour health spokeswoman Annette King
The bill for repairing Dunedin Hospital's leaks will be at
least $1 million, Southern District Health Board chairman Joe
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