SDHB

Assurances on IT update

An urgent update to computer systems was not deferred last year by the Southern District Health Board, chief executive Carole Heatly assured board members at their meeting in Invercargill yesterday.

Fresh attempt to settle health dispute

Fresh attempt to settle health dispute

The chairmen of two southern health entities locked in a multimillion-dollar dispute are talking in a fresh attempt to resolve the wrangle.

Health board confident over nursing numbers

Health board confident over nursing numbers

The Southern District Health Board said last night it was confident its nursing numbers in Dunedin were adequate.

Board not yet releasing IT findings

The Southern District Health Board will not release preliminary findings about what caused this week's hospital IT crash for several weeks.

Fraud possibility not disclosed

Fraud possibility not disclosed

Stuart McLauchlan, the man charged with monitoring the Southern District Health Board, says he was not told of legal advice in 2010 that the South Link Health (SLH) funds dispute might involve fraud.

Forensic accountant news shock

Forensic accountant news shock

South Link Health (SLH) says it found out through reading the Otago Daily Times that the Southern District Health Board had called in a forensic accountant over what the Dunedin-based independent practitioner association believed until this week was a commercial dispute.

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.

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