SDHB

Scene set for tough health-contract negotiations

The financially troubled Southern District Health Board is putting the squeeze on contracted providers to reduce costs.

SDHB's move 'unhelpful'

SDHB's move 'unhelpful'

The Southern District Health Board should have been more upfront with the public about the cost of privatising the hospital kitchens, board member Richard Thomson says.

Kitchen change will have cost

Privatising southern hospital kitchens will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars before any ''savings'' can be realised, a new document reveals.

Dunedin Public Hospital 'downgrade'

The unfortunate truth is that the gap between the level of care provided at Dunedin Hospital and the best medical care available will continue to increase. 

Swift denial of hospital 'downgrade'

Swift denial of hospital 'downgrade'

The Southern District Health Board has moved swiftly to allay fears of a downgrade of Dunedin Hospital after more than 10,000 people joined a social media campaign in just over three days.

Hospital kitchens information out next week

Information to back a claim of a significant cost saving from the planned privatisation of southern hospital kitchens will be released next week.

Audit scrutinises board

Audit scrutinises board

Audit New Zealand has strong recommendations for the SDHB, Dunedin writer and former ODT health reporter Elspeth McLean documents them.

`Significant risk' found in state of SDHB's IT disaster recovery plans

`Significant risk' found in state of SDHB's IT disaster recovery plans

The Southern District Health Board's lack of up-to-date disaster recovery plans for its computer systems is exposing it to significant risk, Audit New Zealand says.

Hospital repair costs could reach $50m

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.

Agreement to underwrite physio pool

The Dunedin City Council has agreed to underwrite up to $300,000 of the cost of saving the Dunedin Physio Pool, despite concerns ratepayers were being treated as ''the funder of last resort''.

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