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Time running out in slow election

Time running out in slow election

Fewer people have voted in the local body elections than in the past three elections, electoral officer Pam Jordan says.

Call to save murals

Call to save murals

Murals that have brightened the visits of countless children to Dunedin Hospital's inpatient paediatric ward face an uncertain future.

SDHB to consider recommendation

SDHB to consider recommendation

The Southern District Health Board has agreed to consider the Ombudsman's view that it should consult the public before controversial decisions, but it was difficult to ''second guess'' the circumstances when that would be required, chairman Joe Butterfield told board members this week.

Rural health services review

Rural health services review

The Southern District Health Board has commissioned a high-level review of its rural hospital and health network to underpin moves to offer more services in outlying areas.

Surge in surgery, ED patients of concern

Surge in surgery, ED patients of concern

Increases in both urgent surgery and emergency department patient numbers prompted concern at a Southern District Health Board hospital committee meeting in Dunedin yesterday.

'Delight' over letter to board

'Delight' over letter to board

New Ombudsman Prof Ron Paterson has sent a powerful message to Southern District Health Board, in stating it should consult on controversial decisions such as starting a termination service, Southlanders for Life spokesman Fr Vaughan Leslie said yesterday.

21 serious adverse events

21 serious adverse events

Mental health and addiction services in the South had 21 serious adverse events last year, a new report shows.

State sector pays revealed

State sector pays revealed

Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly's pay is more than $390,000, but is low compared with other heads of large DHBs.

Concerns raised over privatising screening

Concerns raised over privatising screening

The more regional breast-screening schemes fall into private hands, the harder it gets to maintain a world-class screening programme, University of Otago cancer screening authority Associate Prof Brian Cox says.

Female pelvic services boost

Fewer women will have to travel for treatment outside the Southern District Health Board because two obstetrician/gynaecologists have been certified in the subspeciality of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

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