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Comment from SDHB on audit of colonoscopy

An audit of 767 people who may have had delayed or declined access to surveillance colonoscopy in Otago between 2007 and 2011 found eight had died of bowel cancer or its complications.

Health fraud suspicion

Health fraud suspicion

The Southern District Health Board was told in 2010 its multimillion-dollar dispute with South Link Health (SLH) might be fraud, but the dispute was not referred to police, board chairman Joe Butterfield has revealed.

Extra 88 operations

The surprise $10 million boost for elective surgery nationwide announced this week will pay for 88 extra operations in Otago and Southland.

Funding must follow devolution

A genuine conversation is needed when changes to mental health services are proposed, writes Max Reid.

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.

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