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Doctors welcome independent panel

Doctors welcome independent panel

Queenstown senior doctors are cautiously hopeful about the decision to bring in an independent panel to sort out future health services in the area, Association of Senior Medical Specialists Association executive director Ian Powell says.

Queenstown NHB role 'surprise'

Queenstown NHB role 'surprise'

The National Health Board's entry into the Queenstown health services controversy has been greeted with confusion and disappointment by some in the community.

Elderly services to change

Elderly services to change

"Care managers" would help the elderly to remain in the community under proposals to be put to a Southern District Health Board committee today.

ACC contracts refused

Hospital managers from throughout the country are not prepared to sign contracts with the ACC at below cost rates, Southern District Health Board chief operating officer (Otago) Vivian Blake says.

Health board's forecast deficit shrinks by $10.5 million

The Southern District Health Board could end the year with a deficit $10.5 million less than expected.

Surgeons protested neurosurgeon decision

Surgeons protested neurosurgeon decision

While Otago and Southland breathed a sigh of relief after the announcement last November that neurosurgery would be retained in Dunedin, many in New Zealand's neurosurgery community remained unhappy. Correspondence released to the Otago Daily Times shows how the battle raged on behind the scenes.

Health board close to four-week target

The latest results of the Government's Health Targets show 97% of Southern District Health Board patients ready for cancer radiation treatment are starting that within the four-week target.

Bid to standardise health complaint system

Southern District Health Board is one organisation and its major hospitals should have common systems for dealing with complaints, chairman Joe Butterfield says.

Mental health ward on track

Mental health ward on track

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.

Hospitals piloting TrendCare system

Getting the right number of nursing staff to cover patients with varying needs is being made easier in some Dunedin and Invercargill hospital wards.

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