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Many forces at play in hospital food proposal

Many forces at play in hospital food proposal

Southern District Health Board kitchen staff have waited about two years to find out whether the board will go ahead with an outsourcing proposal. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin speaks to some of those involved, and looks at the background of the issue.

Hospital food outsourcing critics air concerns

Hospital food outsourcing critics air concerns

Concern over the proposed outsourcing of hospital kitchens dominated the first 30 minutes of a Southern District Health Board public meeting in Dunedin last night.

Specialist shortages 'wasteful'

Specialist shortages 'wasteful'

Sending southern cardiac MRI patients to private hospitals is ''financially wasteful'' and shows the need to address the country's specialist shortage, the senior doctors' union says.

Obscure health funding upsets

Obscure health funding upsets

Concerns over the fairness and secrecy of health funding have re-emerged in the wake of Southern District Health Board warning its deficit has blown out and it must cut costs.

SDHB 'in extreme difficulties'

SDHB 'in extreme difficulties'

The Southern District Health Board is facing ''extreme financial difficulties'', meaning tough decisions have to be taken, departing chairman Joe Butterfield says.

Cardiac MRIs may be done privately

Cardiac MRIs may be done privately

The Southern District Health Board is considering sending cardiac MRI test patients to private hospitals, as it is about to lose the second of two specially trained cardiologists.

Upgrade ensures continued service

Upgrade ensures continued service

Dunedin Hospital is the country's sole public provider of a specialist radiation therapy and an upgrade means the service will be secured here.

Frozen meals for South slammed

Frozen meals for South slammed

A proposal to truck frozen meals on wheels from Auckland to Dunedin and Invercargill has sparked outrage in the South.

Frozen meals - sent from Auckland

Frozen meals - sent from Auckland

Meals on wheels will be made in Auckland and trucked to Dunedin and Invercargill under a proposal to outsource hospital food services, the Compass Group confirmed yesterday.

Easier reporting

Southern District Health Board staff reporting concerns about patient safety should find it easier once a new electronic risk management system is introduced this month.

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