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An extra $7.1 million in funding from the Ministry of Health will provide opportunities to make real improvements in targeted areas at Southern DHB.
A number of initiatives will benefit from the funding made up of $5.9 million in capital funding and $1.2 million in initiative funding. These include an additional CT scanner for Dunedin Hospital, a fifth theatre for Southland Hospital, a prioritisation tool, telehealth, direct access to imaging for Primary Care as well as initiatives in endocrinology and rheumatology.
“We received more than if the funding was population based and I want to acknowledge the effort and tenacity of the team who put in the bids. They did this in a very short timeframe so the outcome is a credit to them all,” says SDHB Chief Executive, Chris Fleming.
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