Southern District Health Board is one organisation and its
major hospitals should have common systems for dealing with
complaints, chairman Joe Butterfield says.
Work on the new $3.6 million acute mental health ward at
Wakari Hospital is about a third of the way through and on
target to be completed at the end of September.
Getting the right number of nursing staff to cover patients
with varying needs is being made easier in some Dunedin and
Invercargill hospital wards.
The Southern District Health Board saves about $2000, plus
travel and other expenses, every month Health Minister Tony
Ryall does not make the final appointment to its board.
Progress on planning for
clinical services across Otago and Southland has been slow,
but staff are not being "entirely negative", Southland chief
medical officer David Tulloch says.
Despite dramatic cuts, the Southern District Health
Board still provides about 15% more assistance at home to the
elderly than the national average, finance and funding
general manager Robert Mackway-Jones says.
District health boards are being offered contracts with ACC
at prices well below actual costs, this month's Southern
District Health Board's hospitals' advisory committee meeting
Turning patients with minor ailments away from the emergency
department is unsafe and unethical, New Zealand Nurses
Organisation professional nursing adviser Suzanne Rolls says.
The Southern District Health Board has generated the lowest
number of complaints to the Health and Disability
Commissioner (HDC) for at least five years.
Dunedin Hospital should be
prepared to turn patients away if they turn up at the
emergency department with minor ailments, Dr Branko Sijnja
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