The 2009 swine flu pandemic cost the New Zealand hospital
sector about $31 million, a University of Otago study has
A near doubling of patient complaints to the Health and
Disability Commissioner (HDC) is not a "shock horror story",
Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies
Managers were "quite ambitious" in their initial predictions
of gains from a $2.7 million observation unit in Dunedin
Hospital's emergency department (ED), and these have been
revised down, a Southern District Health Board committee
The Southern District Health Board is hiring a chief
financial officer, two years after removing the position.
The Southern District Health Board has announced an
all-female line-up to run new Otago-Southland combined
The Southern District Health Board has called
in more outside help to resolve issues at Dunedin Hospital,
seconding a National Health Board service manager to improve
Merging clinical departments at Southern District Health
Board "smacks of a takeover of Otago by Southland", a
submitter on the proposal told the board.
Good patient care is being achieved through the "largely
invisible" and unsustainable efforts of staff, a report about
Southern District Health Board work practices says.
In a case of spending money to save it, Southern District
Health Board is shelling out thousands of dollars to a
business services company.
Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly
was paid between $120,000 and $129,999 in her first four
months in the job.
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