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Contrary views on mental health cuts

Contrary views on mental health cuts

Some long-term Wakari Hospital mental health inpatients face an uncertain future in the community, which does not appear equipped to care for them if they are discharged in the coming months, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.

Hundreds of DHB workers on less than 'living wage'

Hundreds of DHB workers on less than 'living wage'

About 8% of Southern District Health Board staff are paid less than the amount deemed a ''living wage'' by fair pay advocates, new figures show.

Board's bed cuts seen as 'foolish'

Board's bed cuts seen as 'foolish'

A health professional is questioning the wisdom of the Southern District Health Board cutting bed numbers last year, as Southland Hospital and Dunedin Hospital near capacity.

South's hospitals at capacity

South's hospitals at capacity

Hospitals throughout Otago and Southland are almost at capacity and some patients are being shuffled around wards as staff deal with a seasonal increase in admissions.

Health academic welcomes new role

Leading part of the health sector, rather than just critiquing it, is a new-year challenge for Dunedin health academic Prof Robin Gauld.

Encouraging more high-fliers

The pay figures of University of Otago and Southern District Health Board staff published by this newspaper last weekend provide good news for the city, particularly given the recent focus on job losses, restructuring and the resulting uncertainty.

Dual roles for Butterfield

The Timaru-based chairman of the Southern District Health Board will also head a new-look hospital advisory committee, it has been confirmed.

Health campus transformation still under study

Health campus transformation still under study

The Southern District Health Board is still vague on the goal of transforming Lakes District Hospital into a health campus, more than two years after such a move was recommended by the National Health Board (NHB).

Practitioners adamant $15m not owed

Practitioners adamant $15m not owed

The independent practitioner association at the centre of a multimillion-dollar dispute remains adamant it owes nothing to the Southern District Health Board.

Still aiming for scanner

Still aiming for scanner

Queenstown's health watchdog is still working towards a CT scanner, or similar non-invasive diagnostic equipment, being installed for Wakatipu patients, but is waiting for the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) to develop the hospital into a health campus.

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