Repeated stalling on the $300 million Dunedin Hospital
redevelopment shows the timeframe is slipping, but the
Government will not admit it, North Dunedin MP David Clark
Prime Minister John Key does not believe the Government can
legally intervene over funding for Oamaru Hospital and
Waitaki district health services facing the threat of less
money from the Southern District Health Board.
Health funding continues to be increased most years, by
governments of all hues, and yet the problems remain.
They may be unlikely fairy godmothers, but Dunstan Hospital
is not complaining.
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.
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