Rationale used to justify reducing bed numbers at the
Southern District Health Board does not stack up and poses a
clinical risk, a letter from the New Zealand Resident Doctors
Association and aligned health unions to Southern District
Health Board says.
A surgical swab left inside a patient and a patient who fell
off the operating table were among incidents reported by the
Southern District Health Board in the annual adverse events
report, released yesterday.
Southern District Health Board staff in Southland and Otago
pitched ideas to an executive judging panel at Dunedin
Hospital yesterday for a share of $25,000 cash to turn their
dream of improving health services in the district to a
The former health board chairman sacked by Health Minister
Tony Ryall a few years ago over the Michael Swann fraud has
been told a return to a position of responsibility is still
not ''politically acceptable''.