The National Health Board appears to be sticking to its view that savings will result from its proposed changes to the Wakatipu health services, but is not giving clear answers to questions on the issue.
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The National Health Board says it is pleased with the progress made by Dunedin Hospital staff after the controversial assessment of hospital systems earlier this year.
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is wrong to say parochialism should be set aside in the issue of where a CT scanner should go to service the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes districts, the Alexandra Business Group says.
Some of the $8 million in additional weight-loss funding will be used for skin-fold surgery, National Health Board electives manager Clare Perry says.
A $41 million funding shortfall over a decade stopped the Southern District Health Board investing in buildings and clinical equipment, contributing to a "soul-destroying" situation, says a frankly-worded report by recently-departed Southern District Health Board chief executive Brian Rousseau.
National funding for elective surgery is not fair and the Southern District Health Board is missing out on more than $8 million a year, recently departed chief executive Brian Rousseau argued.
The Ministry of Health says it needs extra time to respond to a request for the National Health Board financial analysis on Wakatipu Health Services.
The Southern District Health Board was one of three boards which did not carry out any of the extra surgery sought by the National Health Board in the last quarter of the financial year.
Having a CT scanner in the Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago districts is backed by the Southern District Health Board (DHB), but where it will be based has still not been decided.
Concern that there could be pressure for all rural hospitals in Otago and Southland to have walk-in emergency departments was aired at the Southern District Health Board's meeting this month.
A perception the Southern District Health Board has agreed with every aspect of the the National Health Board's assessment of Dunedin Hospital is not correct, Richard Thomson says.
The people of the Wakatipu have good reason to be pleased about the National Health Board panel's report about their health services.
A "facilitated workshop" will clarify the roles of the DHB's board and management in response to criticism the two had become mixed up, a paper prepared for tomorrow's Southern District Health Board's hospitals' advisory committee says.
The controversy over the National Health Board assessment of Dunedin Hospital has flared again with 25 influential senior doctors challenging Health Minister Tony Ryall.
Urgent systems improvements are required at Dunedin Hospital where demoralised staff are struggling to provide safe services, the National Health Board says.
Communication between some national health bodies over Dunedin Hospital's electronic prescribing pilot has been criticised by Dr Andrew Bowers.
The National Health Board (NHB) expects its recommendations for Dunedin Hospital will save money, but has not yet provided any estimates to back this up.
District health boards have "clear marching orders" pushing them to provide healthcare rather than support learning and training, University of Otago health sciences pro-vice-chancellor Prof Peter Crampton says.
The National Health Board panel says it will unveil its recommendations on future health care in the Wakatipu in a public meeting on Monday, August 29.