The South will not be left behind by a new cancer treatment
target, but there will be challenges in some areas, medical
oncology clinical leader Dr Blair McLaren says.
The chief executive of the cash-strapped Southern District
Health Board has had a pay rise, the total package topping
$500,000 in the last financial year.
Desperate Southern District Health Board sonographers worried
public ultrasound services could become a thing of the past
have voted to strike for five days later this month.
The Southern District Health Board drew more complaints about
its handling of Official Information Act requests than any
other health board in 2013-14, figures in the Office of the
Ombudsman's annual report show.
A senior Dunedin medical figure has taken issue with new
health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman's ''condescending''
approach towards doctors at the Southern District Health
The senior doctors' union has warned the South may lose
services to Christchurch, and says the Southern District
Health Board is abrogating responsibility for its patients.
Inevitably, the draft southern strategic health services plan
will create unease in the South about whether it signals the
long-feared downgrade of Dunedin Hospital.
It would be wrong to characterise the Southern District
Health Board as an ''unhappy DHB'', new health minister Dr
Jonathan Coleman says.
The troubled Southern District Health Board is reaching
crisis point. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin examines its
challenges ahead of the announcement on Monday of the new
Negotiations between the Southern District Health Board and
South Link Health over their long-standing
multimillion-dollar dispute have come to a standstill.
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