The financially troubled Southern District Health Board is
putting the squeeze on contracted providers to reduce costs.
The Southern District Health Board should have been more
upfront with the public about the cost of privatising the
hospital kitchens, board member Richard Thomson says.
Privatising southern hospital kitchens will cost hundreds of
thousands of dollars before any ''savings'' can be realised,
a new document reveals.
The unfortunate truth is that the gap between the level of
care provided at Dunedin Hospital and the best medical care
available will continue to increase.
The Southern District Health Board has moved swiftly to allay
fears of a downgrade of Dunedin Hospital after more than
10,000 people joined a social media campaign in just over
Information to back a claim of a significant cost saving from
the planned privatisation of southern hospital kitchens will
be released next week.
Audit New Zealand has strong recommendations for the SDHB,
Dunedin writer and former ODT health reporter Elspeth
McLean documents them.
The Southern District Health Board's lack of up-to-date
disaster recovery plans for its computer systems is exposing
it to significant risk, Audit New Zealand says.
Throwing good money after bad on the clinical services
building at Dunedin Hospital does not make sense and the
rebuild should be sped up, Southern District Health Board
member Dr John Chambers says.
The Dunedin City Council has agreed to underwrite up to
$300,000 of the cost of saving the Dunedin Physio Pool,
despite concerns ratepayers were being treated as ''the
funder of last resort''.
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