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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.

Health supply plan would save $500m

Health supply plan would save $500m

Jobs may be going from the Southern District Health Board under the proposed implementation of a national programme.

SDHB internal report is of 'public interest'

The Southern District Health Board should not have refused to release the report which sparked an urgent review of some breast cancer diagnoses last year, ombudsman Ron Paterson says.

Screening advice 'meaningless'

A union wanting to know why the Southern District Health Board is trying to opt out of its breast-screening contract says it finally got hold of a crucial letter, but it was so heavily censored it was ''meaningless''.

Financial pressure blamed

Financial pressure blamed

Financial pressure on the Southern District Health Board is affecting its ability to buy equipment, the board's 2013-14 annual plan says.

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