A high proportion of single strain swine flu vaccines targeted at high-risk groups in Otago and Southland will most likely not be needed, Public Health South medical officer of health Dr Marion Poore says.
Telecom and its troubled XT network has been put on notice by the Otago and Southland district health boards.
The Otago District Health Board was not a "collection of heartless bastards" abandoning the elderly, but had to stop overspending, chairman Errol Millar told yesterday's board meeting.
Otago Southland Regional Employer Support Council chairman Julian Smith congratulates Marty Hughes, of Otago Business Equipment, and his wife, Marian, after Mr Hughes was named regional winner for most supportive employer to an employee in the New Zealand Army Territorial Force or Royal New Zealand Navy Reserve.
Plans to drastically cut housework for elderly in Otago and Southland need to be slowed down, housework providers urged the Otago and Southland district health boards at a special meeting yesterday.
Some patients scheduled to undergo day surgery requiring a general anaesthetic at Dunedin Hospital have been put off or sent to other hospitals due to a shortage of anaesthetists.
The elderly might as well commit a crime and go to prison, because they'll get better care "inside", Grey Power national health spokesman Dick Stark says.
Flights into Dunedin International Airport were diverted to Invercargill last night because no traffic controller was available for the airport.
Air New Zealand may seek compensation for the disruption to its flights caused by Thursday's air-traffic control outage at Dunedin International Airport.
Rural hospital managers are not convinced by the Otago District Health Board's insistence that centralising health staff who co-ordinate community care packages for the elderly will improve services.