District Health Boards are appealing an Employment Relations Authority request they hand over senior doctors' pay information, as part of ongoing pay negotiations with junior doctors.
Geriatric rest homes are not facing widespread problems in the health care they deliver, says the body which represents most rest homes in New Zealand.
Union representatives collected about 200 signatures in an hour yesterday in Dunedin for a petition asking the Government to make safe staffing mandatory in the aged-care sector.
Confusion over information provided to parents about the level of protection offered by the MenzB vaccine against meningococcal disease does not help the credibility of the medical profession, Balclutha general practitioner Dr Branko Sijnja says.
Associate Health Minister Damien O'Connor says he will be watching trial results of a new prostate cancer drug with interest.
A group of volunteer doctors, physiotherapists and sports medics is being credited with keeping Dunedin Hospital's emergency department free for emergencies.
The proposal for Otago and Southland community pharmacies' dispensing fees to be bulk-funded is not practical and likely to pit pharmacists and family doctors against one another, Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand chief executive Annabel Young says.
A potentially controversial proposal which would involve bulk-funding of pharmacies as part of a plan to reduce the burgeoning drugs bill in Otago and Southland will be considered by an advisory committee of the two district health boards tomorrow.
Proposals to change the way community pharmaceuticals were funded in Otago and Southland were too gentle and the process to introduce the initiative should be pushed through faster, an Otago District Health Board member said yesterday.
"Stressed out" guests at Oamaru House, in central Dunedin, have had enough of being kept awake by rowdy patrons at a nearby bar and are objecting to the venue's 24-hour licence.
Staff shortages mean that, for the next few weeks, the Otago District Health Board breast-care service will book only urgent diagnostic mammograms.
Health workers should, like police officers, by law not be allowed to strike as a way of settling pay claims, Otago District Health Board chief medical officer Richard Bunton says.
Agencies in the mental health sector have slammed a website set up to name and shame providers and staff who breach codes of practice.
While Dunedin Hospital's emergency department struggles to cope with patient numbers, the nearby Dunedin Urgent Doctors and Accident Centre is dealing with thousands more patients annually.
The ambulance sector has welcomed a parliamentary inquiry into the service it provides but says patients will be at risk until changes are implemented.
The Health and Disability Commissioner has decided against proposing legal action against a doctor, despite finding serious questions raised by his professional competence.
Reduced payments for drugs prescribed in public hospitals will be welcomed by pharmacists who have been getting flak from customers annoyed at having to pay extra for such drugs, Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand practice manager Christine Mandeno says.
A suggestion Dunedin Hospital could employ someone to advise people in the emergency department waiting room about their options for treatment was not supported at the Otago District Health Board meeting this week.
A Health Ministry independent commission into the pay and employment of junior doctors further threatens pay negotiations, the doctors' union says.