The Southern District Health Board is playing down figures
showing new mothers are on average spending less time in
Dunedin Hospital despite funding to allow longer stays.
Former ACC chief executive Jan White, of Wellington, has been
appointed Crown monitor of the Southern District Health
Board, replacing Stuart McLauchlan, who has retired from the
The top job in the health bureaucracy will hopefully go to a
New Zealand-based candidate who knows the system before they
start, University of Otago health systems authority Prof
Robin Gauld says.
Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly
spent nearly $16,000 on travel, accommodation, and meals in
the first half of this year.
Southern District Health Board patients were waiting six
weeks for an urgent colonoscopy at the end of May, data
released under the Official Information Act shows.
The Southern District Health Board has refused to release a
document outlining a restructuring it shelved after having
The Ministry of Health is reviewing a report arguing
Dunedin's gastroenterology facility must be urgently
The changing relationship between hospitals and general
practice helped convince Branko Sijnja to stand again for
Southern District Health Board election.
The cash-strapped Southern District Health Board would have
to spend ''precious funding'' on legal fees because of
Michael Swann's continuing refusal to co-operate, the board's
parole submission says.
Alcohol poisoning rates in the South have risen an average of
10% annually for the past five years, a new Southern District
Health Board alcohol report says.
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