SDHB

Board term ends with finances tight

Board term ends with finances tight

The outspoken Dunedin Hospital doctor elected to the Southern District Health Board will soon understand how little money there is to spend, chairman Joe Butterfield told board members at their final meeting of the three-year term.

Scepticism over Ngai Tahu plan

Scepticism over Ngai Tahu plan

Health unions are expressing fears about a Ngai Tahu proposal to invest in Dunedin Hospital.

Breast-screening replacement may be better

Breast-screening replacement may be better

Women in Otago and Southland migh receive a better quality breast-screening service by a different provider than the present health board service, which is ''limping along'', Federation of Women's Health Councils co-convener Barbara Robson says.

SDHB criticised for failures before death

The Southern District Health Board has been criticised for failing to recognise the risks of clozapine toxicity to a patient who had twice attended its emergency department shortly before her death.

Hospital rankings warning

Hospital rankings warning

Planned hospital rankings based on patient surveys will inevitably become league tables and could be detrimental to services, retiring Southern District Health Board member Dr Malcolm Macpherson says.

Screening service dropped

Screening service dropped

An ''insurmountable'' lack of radiologists has forced the Southern District Health Board to relinquish the southern breast-screening service from the middle of next year, the board announced yesterday.

Wider effect of moving jobs north questioned

Pushing southern health board jobs into Auckland and its overheated property market does not make sense, Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies says.

Health finance jobs could go north

Health finance jobs could go north

Auckland will get the lion's share of health finance jobs to be removed from Southern District Health Board under a cost-cutting proposal.

ED specialist, ex-midwife in cut

ED specialist, ex-midwife in cut

A Dunedin Hospital emergency department specialist and a former midwife are the new faces on the Southern District Health Board.

GP laments liaison role still unfilled

GP laments liaison role still unfilled

A communication void exists between the Southern District Health Board and GPs because a key liaison role remains unfilled, a Dunedin GP says.

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