Patients have been waiting in corridors in the Dunedin
Hospital emergency department as it copes with an influx that
is stressing the entire hospital.
''Shocking'' new figures showing
per-person district health board income throughout New
Zealand should prompt a rethink of health funding, Dunedin
North MP Dr David Clark says.
The Southern District Health Board has been jointly ranked
the poorest performing board in a survey of senior doctors.
The Oamaru community sent a clear message to the SDHB
yesterday by turning out in force for a protest march
opposing any cuts to funding for the Oamaru Hospital and its
The estimated price-tag on the new clinical services building
at Dunedin Hospital is now as high as $300 million, rather
than $200 million, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says.
Sacking the Southern District Health Board members and
installing a Dunedin-based line-up is a smart move by Health
Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman.
A North Island health board has thrown out the controversial
hospital food plan that caused concern and division in the
Two reviews of public health funding should be completed in a
few months, but whether we can expect major changes or
tinkering is unclear.
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.
Labour leader Andrew Little yesterday criticised a lack of
''desperately needed'' government transparency on funding to
district health boards.
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