Four inpatient beds, as well as day respite care services, will close at the Otago Community Hospice in the next month, as the home for the terminally ill struggles because of insufficient funding.
There is no link between a confirmed Norovirus outbreak that closed a ward at Dunedin Hospital for four days last week and the closure of two more wards on Sunday, hospital officials say.
The Otago District Health Board is still negotiating with the Ministry of Health over funding for this financial year which is not expected to meet its costs.
News junior doctors and district health boards will resume negotiations in Auckland today in an attempt to settle their collective contract negotiations, which began more than a year ago, was welcomed by local New Zealand Resident Doctors Association representative Dr Logan Mitchell yesterday.
Increased spending on health research is urgently needed to stop more doctors moving overseas and protect doctor training, the country's two medical schools say.
It is understood the Otago Community Hospice decided yesterday to go ahead with its plans to cut some services so it can break even.
District health board bulk-funding of community pharmacies would be opting for the second-best way of funding medicines and the ill-will generated could harm the pharmacy sector, Richard Thomson says.
Government drug-buying agency Pharmac's decision not to fund 12-month courses of the breast cancer drug Herceptin highlights the need for a special funding system for high-cost health care, a Dunedin doctor, who is funding her own cancer treatment says.
Government drug-buying agency Pharmac announced today it would not fund 12-month courses of the breast cancer drug Herceptin.
A suspected norovirus outbreak has closed a ward at Dunedin Hospital and led to some surgery being postponed.
A new $1 million CT scanner being installed at Otago Radiology should help to relieve pressure on radiology services at Dunedin Hospital and help Otago residents get their scans in a "timely fashion", says director Dr Neil Morrison.
Dunedin Hospital is in "code black" with the number of people needing treatment exceeding the beds available.
It may sound impressive to say that the gloomy greyness that blanketed the city for at least two weeks has given you Seasonal Affective Disorder (Sad), but it is more likely you are just sad.
A decision on possible cuts to Otago Community Hospice services has been delayed for a week while the organisation explores every opportunity for additional funding, chief executive officer Ginny Green says.
While influenza rates in Otago are not at the level expected at this time of year, Dunedin Hospital's emergency department has been seeing more gastroenteritis patients than usual.
Talk of nursing shortages at Dunedin Hospital sound all too familiar to Lois Fletcher (67) who has just retired from 50 years of nursing, most of it on night or evening shifts.
Otago District Health Board services have ended the year with a deficit of at least $3.5 million, mainly due to increased spending on wages.
As many as 41 deaths from breast cancer in 45-69-year-olds could be saved yearly by the breast screening programme in New Zealand, but to achieve this, participation will need to increase, Associate Prof Brian Cox says.
Questions about the proposed national colorectal cancer screening programme - and fears Dunedin Hospital will not cope with the resulting extra work - have been raised by senior doctors.