A Southern District Health Board patient who fell from an
operating table after a hip operation did not require further
surgery, information released on the 2012-13 incident shows.
Southern District Health Board staff reporting concerns about
patient safety should find it easier once a new electronic
risk management system is introduced this month.
The public will soon be better informed when things go
seriously wrong at the South's hospitals, Elspeth McLean
Unions have succeeded in securing a one-month delay in the
decision on whether to outsource southern hospital kitchens.
Southern District Health Board staff have been reminded to
take more care after the details of 60 surgical patients were
mistakenly emailed to someone.
A big drop in the number of southern patients asked about
smoking by their GP is being investigated, WellSouth Primary
Health Network says.
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.
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