Sacking the Southern District Health Board members and installing a Dunedin-based line-up is a smart move by Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman.
A North Island health board has thrown out the controversial hospital food plan that caused concern and division in the South.
Two reviews of public health funding should be completed in a few months, but whether we can expect major changes or tinkering is unclear.
A meals on wheels driver says he is ''now certain'' the Southern District Health Board and Compass Group simply assumed volunteers would subsidise the service if it was outsourced.
The Service and Food Workers' Union has warned the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board could find itself embroiled in costly legal action if it goes ahead with food service outsourcing.
The embattled Southern District Health Board has approved a 15-year deal with a multinational corporation for food services after facing down an acrimonious public at a board meeting in Dunedin yesterday.
The Southern District Health Board has acknowledged it has no idea how much the Compass Group will spend equipping its kitchens over the next 15 years.
Labour leader Andrew Little yesterday criticised a lack of ''desperately needed'' government transparency on funding to district health boards.
The Southern District Health Board has announced it is going ahead with a plan to outsource its hospital kitchens.
The Southern District Health Board wants to cut costs by 5% for its services and those of contracted providers, as it grapples with an ''awful reality'', chairman Joe Butterfield says.
The man drafted in to help the Southern District Health Board says he provided a new perspective on the organisation's ''significant challenges''.
Concerns over the fairness and secrecy of health funding have re-emerged in the wake of Southern District Health Board warning its deficit has blown out and it must cut costs.
Unions have succeeded in securing a one-month delay in the decision on whether to outsource southern hospital kitchens.
Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has rejected a claim the Government is considering installing a commissioner at the Southern District Health Board.
Up to 20% of hospital kitchen jobs in the South could be lost if a proposal to outsource southern hospital kitchens goes ahead.
A proposed 5% funding cut by the Southern District Health Board for its rural hospitals will affect some areas more than others, Clutha Health First chief executive Ray Anton says.
The head of finance at Southern District Health Board is switching to a new position focused solely on the Dunedin Hospital rebuild.
Little more information was given at the Southern District Health Board meeting in Dunedin on Thursday about the board's dire financial position.
Sugary drinks will be banned from sale at Southern District Health Board premises under a policy approved this week.
Hospital staff could face smaller meal portions under changes proposed in a healthy food and drink policy at the Southern District Health Board.