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Child poverty efforts noted

Child poverty efforts noted

Some encouraging progress is being made by the country's 20 district health boards in the fight against child poverty, Children's Commissioner Russell Wills says.

Claim midwives' ideology hinders bids to stop falls

Ideological opposition from midwives makes it difficult to instigate change to hospital practices to reduce the incidence of neonatal falls, a junior paediatrics trainee says.

SDHB staff pitch ideas to panel

SDHB staff pitch ideas to panel

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 reality.

Fertility service decision next week

After months of delay, the Southern District Health Board will announce next week whether it will outsource its fertility service.

Thomson still out in cold

Thomson still out in cold

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''.

Screening plan believed to be unsafe

Screening plan believed to be unsafe

The Southern District Health Board pitched a confidential plan to Counties Manukau DHB for it to employ Southern breast-screening radiologists, but was refused as the idea was deemed unsafe, documents released under the Official Information Act show.

SDHB kept lid on crisis

SDHB kept lid on crisis

A senior doctor's letter the Southern District Health Board tried for months to keep secret warns of a ''very real'' risk a patient will die because of a ''crisis'' in its Dunedin Hospital ear, nose, and throat department.

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.

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