A Dunedin man who has waited nearly six months for urgent
prostate surgery was given a date for the operation within
days of his local MP asking the health board about his care.
Nursing vacancies in Dunedin Hospital's emergency department
will be filled by the end of the month, the Southern District
Health Board has told the College of Emergency Nurses.
Health board employees ''don't deserve the negativity'' of
recent reports about the Southern District Health Board, a
message to staff from top management says.
A women's health consumer group says the loss of more than
3800 mammograms is more serious than the Southern District
Health Board has acknowledged.
Details have emerged from a nurses' meeting about concerns a
lack of staff in Dunedin Hospital's neonatal intensive care
unit (Nicu) could be harming patients.
Concern health heads are ''robbing Nurse Betty to pay Dr
Ropata'' by skimping on nurse budgets has been raised by a
Southern District Health Board member.
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
The chairmen of two southern health entities locked in a
multimillion-dollar dispute are talking in a fresh attempt to
resolve the wrangle.
The Southern District Health Board said last night it was
confident its nursing numbers in Dunedin were adequate.
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