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Nurses becoming 'seasonal workers'

Nurses becoming 'seasonal workers'

Some nurses are becoming ''seasonal workers'' at the Southern District Health Board and the nursing workforce is ''dispirited'' by cost cutting, senior doctors' union Otago president Dr Chris Wisely says.

Unable to compete with private sector

Confidential advice to Southern District Health Board members deciding whether to privatise the South's fertility service says strong competition from the private sector contributed to making an in-house service unviable.

Millions remain in dispute

Millions remain in dispute

The Auditor-general's office expects the Southern District Health Board to resolve its long-running multimillion-dollar wrangle with South Link Health ''without further delay''.

SDHB priorities blasted

Southern District Health Board bosses are putting their need for propaganda before patients, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says.

Spending doubles

Spending doubles

Spending on communications, marketing and advertising has more than doubled at Southern District Health Board in the past three years, figures released under the Official Information Act show.

Health staff given details of $15m cost-cutting

Health staff given details of $15m cost-cutting

All Southern District Health Board staff have been sent a report showing the organisation's progress in saving more than $15 million in health services.

Fertility service change confirmed

A decision announced yesterday to outsource the Otago Fertility Service (OFS) is a sign of the financial pressure on health boards, the head of the senior doctors' union says.

DHB cost-cutting methods criticised by RDA, unions

Rationale used to justify reducing bed numbers at the Southern District Health Board does not stack up and poses a clinical risk, a letter from the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association and aligned health unions to Southern District Health Board says.

Surgical swab left inside patient

Surgical swab left inside patient

A surgical swab left inside a patient and a patient who fell off the operating table were among incidents reported by the Southern District Health Board in the annual adverse events report, released yesterday.

Child poverty efforts noted

Child poverty efforts noted

Some encouraging progress is being made by the country's 20 district health boards in the fight against child poverty, Children's Commissioner Russell Wills says.

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