New Ombudsman Prof Ron Paterson has sent a powerful message to Southern District Health Board, in stating it should consult on controversial decisions such as starting a termination service, Southlanders for Life spokesman Fr Vaughan Leslie said yesterday.
Mental health and addiction services in the South had 21 serious adverse events last year, a new report shows.
Southern District Health Board chief executive Carole Heatly's pay is more than $390,000, but is low compared with other heads of large DHBs.
Fewer women will have to travel for treatment outside the Southern District Health Board because two obstetrician/gynaecologists have been certified in the subspeciality of female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
The more regional breast-screening schemes fall into private hands, the harder it gets to maintain a world-class screening programme, University of Otago cancer screening authority Associate Prof Brian Cox says.
Health reporter Eileen Goodwin looks at some of the issues facing candidates in the Southern District Health Board election.
The interim clinical director of Southern District Health Board's breast-screening service says staff were ''surprised and distressed'' by news the board may opt out of the service.
The Southern District Health Board may opt out of running Otago and Southland's breast-screening service.
The community and public health committee will have more prominence in the next Southern District Health Board term, board members heard at this month's meeting in Oamaru.
A visit to Rarotonga to help nurses there may be the start of a long-term support relationship between the Southern District Health Board and Cook Islands nursing.
The Southern District Health Board is to conduct a ''thorough review'' of its actions after the father of a 3-week-old baby whose throat was slashed in Invercargill this week blamed Southland Hospital for turning his wife away when she asked for help.
A discussion on the fate of the Otago Fertility Service was taken off the agenda of this week's Southern District Health Board meeting.
Locked-in Wakari Hospital mental health patients will no longer be exempt from Southern District Health Board's smoking ban, the board's hospital advisory committee decided yesterday.
The legal status of cannabis puts a ''massive block'' between client and clinician, Pact mental health clinical leader Matthew Peppercorn told a cannabis public forum at Dunedin Hospital.
New Zealand's stubbornly high suicide rate shows it is time for a serious rethink, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Community Member Graham Roper says.
A record 53% of Southern District Health Board staff received a flu jab this year, the board said yesterday.
Strategies are in place to avoid the situation faced by last year's nursing graduates, 30% of whom were unemployed at one stage.
The Government's elective surgery targets encourage health boards to push through high volumes of straightforward procedures, senior doctors' union executive director Ian Powell says.
The Southern District Health Board's communications department is advertising for a fifth staff member.