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.
Southern District Health Board kitchen staff have waited about two years to find out whether the board will go ahead with an outsourcing proposal. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin speaks to some of those involved, and looks at the background of the issue.
Concern over the proposed outsourcing of hospital kitchens dominated the first 30 minutes of a Southern District Health Board public meeting in Dunedin last night.
Sending southern cardiac MRI patients to private hospitals is ''financially wasteful'' and shows the need to address the country's specialist shortage, the senior doctors' union says.
The Southern District Health Board is facing ''extreme financial difficulties'', meaning tough decisions have to be taken, departing chairman Joe Butterfield says.
Up to $50 million will be needed to keep the clinical services building at Dunedin Hospital going for another 10 years, according to an assessment by the Beca consultancy group.
The Southern District Health Board is considering sending cardiac MRI test patients to private hospitals, as it is about to lose the second of two specially trained cardiologists.
Dunedin Hospital is the country's sole public provider of a specialist radiation therapy and an upgrade means the service will be secured here.
A proposal to truck frozen meals on wheels from Auckland to Dunedin and Invercargill has sparked outrage in the South.
Meals on wheels will be made in Auckland and trucked to Dunedin and Invercargill under a proposal to outsource hospital food services, the Compass Group confirmed yesterday.
Southern District Health Board staff reporting concerns about patient safety should find it easier once a new electronic risk management system is introduced this month.