emergency department clinical leader, Dr Tim Kerruish, does
not share the confidence of Southern District Health Board
chairman Joe Butterfield that staying times for patients will
have improved by the end of June.
District Health Board managers waited until the "political
blowtorch was pointed at them" to address long stays at
Dunedin Hospital's emergency department have been countered
by Vivian Blake.
Dunedin Hospital buildings' earthquake resistance ranged from
good to excellent when a structural report was last done in
1998, Southern District Health Board chief operating officer
(Otago) Vivian Blake says.
The length of stays in Dunedin Hospital's emergency
department is affected "from time to time" by the number of
students turning up with alcohol-related conditions, Southern
District Health Board chief operations officer Vivian Blake