Metiria Turei was the first leader brave enough to share her experience of the "punitive" welfare system and had come under "sustained attack", Dunedin Green Party member Aaron Hawkins says.
The Southern District Health Board could have faced a penalty of about $18 million for failing to provide timely services, but it was waived, it emerged yesterday.
The wife of a Dunedin urologist has written an emotional letter to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman demanding an apology for calling the department "toxic".
Losing $1 million for not doing enough surgery did not affect patients at the beleaguered Southern District Health Board, deputy commissioner Richard Thomson says.
A suicide prevention trainer from England will introduce new ideas to a Dunedin mental health audience at a special workshop, an organiser says.
The Southern District Health Board is dipping into a special maintenance fund to cover a cost blowout in its new intensive care unit.
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman appears unapologetic about labelling Dunedin Hospital's struggling urology department ''toxic''.
Health staff are being urged to look past ''formal media'' and get news about the organisation from official Southern District Health Board channels.
The Southern District Health Board did not go ahead with a recommendation to issue helmets to mental health staff.
Two Dunedin orthopaedic surgeons have written directly to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to demand an apology and to warn him to expect ``more bad news'' if Dunedin Hospital's care crisis continues.
A leading clinician has called for mothballed parts of Dunedin Hospital to be reopened as the hospital grapples with a patient care crisis.
Ewen Kerstens, of Dunedin, has been waiting for months for a biopsy to find out if he has prostate cancer, and the 61-year-old is frustrated and worried.
There is no crisis at Dunedin Hospital, and the Southern DHB still needs to clear its deficit, Prime Minister Bill English says.
Dunedin's success saving its courthouse shows it is worth fighting the Government to keep the hospital in the central city, a city councillor says.
The country's top health official yesterday apologised for the $38 million Budget blunder that angered some health boards and led to tensions in the sector.
The Southern District Health Board's urology service is under review because of ''unacceptably long'' delays in treatment and assessment.
Doctors are ''worried'' about the bowel screening programme, as it will put more pressure on already stretched hospitals, gastroenterologist Richard Stein says.