Unions have succeeded in securing a one-month delay in the
decision on whether to outsource southern hospital kitchens.
Southern District Health Board staff have been reminded to
take more care after the details of 60 surgical patients were
mistakenly emailed to someone.
A big drop in the number of southern patients asked about
smoking by their GP is being investigated, WellSouth Primary
Health Network says.
The financially troubled Southern District Health Board is
putting the squeeze on contracted providers to reduce costs.
The Southern District Health Board should have been more
upfront with the public about the cost of privatising the
hospital kitchens, board member Richard Thomson says.
Privatising southern hospital kitchens will cost hundreds of
thousands of dollars before any ''savings'' can be realised,
a new document reveals.
The unfortunate truth is that the gap between the level of
care provided at Dunedin Hospital and the best medical care
available will continue to increase.
The Southern District Health Board has moved swiftly to allay
fears of a downgrade of Dunedin Hospital after more than
10,000 people joined a social media campaign in just over
Information to back a claim of a significant cost saving from
the planned privatisation of southern hospital kitchens will
be released next week.
Audit New Zealand has strong recommendations for the SDHB,
Dunedin writer and former ODT health reporter Elspeth
McLean documents them.
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