The need to commission yet more expensive planning work at
Southern District Health Board is evidence of leadership in
the style of Fawlty Towers, senior doctors' union head Ian
The Dunedin Hospital upgrade is ''being used as an
opportunity'' to review Southern District Health Board's
hospital services, a Government contract document says.
Dunedin Hospital's cooks will focus on food ''regeneration''
- rather than cooking fresh meals for patients - after their
job numbers are cut, according to a proposal Compass Group
tried to keep under wraps.
The senior doctors' union has criticised the Southern
District Health Board for spending more than $10,000 a week
on an acting finance chief.
A bid to set up a rival primary health organisation (PHO) in
the South has failed.
Southern District Health Board executive director of
communications Steve Addison has resigned in order to start
his own public relations consultancy.
The financially stressed Southern District Health Board has
been given a $7 million cash injection so it can pay its
bills, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has confirmed.
Midwives have great job satisfaction, but the pay for lead
maternity carers is making it unviable, Dunedin midwife Prue
A flu season with some ''horrific'' medical complications is
easing, Mornington Health Centre manager Jo Rowe says.
Hiring expensive contractors at the Southern District Health
Board is necessary to keep the organisation running, deputy
commissioner Richard Thomson says.
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