The Southern District Health Board pitched a confidential plan to Counties Manukau DHB for it to employ Southern breast-screening radiologists, but was refused as the idea was deemed unsafe, documents released under the Official Information Act show.
The outspoken Dunedin Hospital doctor elected to the Southern District Health Board will soon understand how little money there is to spend, chairman Joe Butterfield told board members at their final meeting of the three-year term.
Women in Otago and Southland migh receive a better quality breast-screening service by a different provider than the present health board service, which is ''limping along'', Federation of Women's Health Councils co-convener Barbara Robson says.
The Southern District Health Board has been criticised for failing to recognise the risks of clozapine toxicity to a patient who had twice attended its emergency department shortly before her death.
Planned hospital rankings based on patient surveys will inevitably become league tables and could be detrimental to services, retiring Southern District Health Board member Dr Malcolm Macpherson says.
An ''insurmountable'' lack of radiologists has forced the Southern District Health Board to relinquish the southern breast-screening service from the middle of next year, the board announced yesterday.
Pushing southern health board jobs into Auckland and its overheated property market does not make sense, Southern District Health Board deputy chairman Paul Menzies says.
A Dunedin Hospital emergency department specialist and a former midwife are the new faces on the Southern District Health Board.
Jobs may be going from the Southern District Health Board under the proposed implementation of a national programme.
A communication void exists between the Southern District Health Board and GPs because a key liaison role remains unfilled, a Dunedin GP says.
The Southern District Health Board should not have refused to release the report which sparked an urgent review of some breast cancer diagnoses last year, ombudsman Ron Paterson says.
A union wanting to know why the Southern District Health Board is trying to opt out of its breast-screening contract says it finally got hold of a crucial letter, but it was so heavily censored it was ''meaningless''.
Murals that have brightened the visits of countless children to Dunedin Hospital's inpatient paediatric ward face an uncertain future.
Fewer people have voted in the local body elections than in the past three elections, electoral officer Pam Jordan says.
Financial pressure on the Southern District Health Board is affecting its ability to buy equipment, the board's 2013-14 annual plan says.
A GP member of the Southern District Health Board is pushing for action to stem pharmaceutical prescribing in the wake of a $1.3 million over-spend in the first two months of the year.
The Southern District Health Board has agreed to consider the Ombudsman's view that it should consult the public before controversial decisions, but it was difficult to ''second guess'' the circumstances when that would be required, chairman Joe Butterfield told board members this week.
The Southern District Health Board has commissioned a high-level review of its rural hospital and health network to underpin moves to offer more services in outlying areas.
Increases in both urgent surgery and emergency department patient numbers prompted concern at a Southern District Health Board hospital committee meeting in Dunedin yesterday.