Concerns over the fairness and secrecy of health funding have
re-emerged in the wake of Southern District Health Board
warning its deficit has blown out and it must cut costs.
The Southern District Health Board is facing ''extreme
financial difficulties'', meaning tough decisions have to be
taken, departing chairman Joe Butterfield says.
The Southern District Health Board is considering sending
cardiac MRI test patients to private hospitals, as it is
about to lose the second of two specially trained
Dunedin Hospital is the country's sole public provider of a
specialist radiation therapy and an upgrade means the service
will be secured here.
A proposal to truck frozen meals on wheels from Auckland to
Dunedin and Invercargill has sparked outrage in the South.
Meals on wheels will be made in Auckland and trucked to
Dunedin and Invercargill under a proposal to outsource
hospital food services, the Compass Group confirmed
A Southern District Health Board patient who fell from an
operating table after a hip operation did not require further
surgery, information released on the 2012-13 incident shows.
Southern District Health Board staff reporting concerns about
patient safety should find it easier once a new electronic
risk management system is introduced this month.
The public will soon be better informed when things go
seriously wrong at the South's hospitals, Elspeth McLean
Unions have succeeded in securing a one-month delay in the
decision on whether to outsource southern hospital kitchens.
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