There does not appear to be any large consumer group
concerned about the gradual progress towards Southland'
Hospital's inpatient mental health unit becoming smoke-free,
the Southern District Health Board's hospitals' advisory
committee was told yesterday.
A business case for an
emergency department observation unit at Dunedin Hospital
will be considered in the closed session of the Southern
District Health Board hospitals' advisory committee meeting
The Southern District Health Board could face difficulty
recruiting and retaining dental therapists as conditions
offered are not as good as those in some other areas, the
Public Service Association says.
No decisions have been made about any changes to the ISIS
rehabilitation service at Wakari Hospital, but "some issues"
are under consideration by staff, Southern District Health
Board's mental health and community services general manager
Elaine Chisnall says.
The Southern District Health Board has not taken a stance on
Solid Energy NZ Ltd's proposal for a lignite briquetting
plant near Mataura, but wants a thorough health impact
assessment undertaken before any large scale mining
applications are made in Southland.
District Health Board would be well placed to take advantage
of any move to make clinical research a front-line activity
for all district health boards, chief executive Brian