The troubled Southern District Health Board is reaching crisis point. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin examines its challenges ahead of the announcement on Monday of the new health minister.
The senior doctors' union has warned the South may lose services to Christchurch, and says the Southern District Health Board is abrogating responsibility for its patients.
Inevitably, the draft southern strategic health services plan will create unease in the South about whether it signals the long-feared downgrade of Dunedin Hospital.
It would be wrong to characterise the Southern District Health Board as an ''unhappy DHB'', new health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says.
Negotiations between the Southern District Health Board and South Link Health over their long-standing multimillion-dollar dispute have come to a standstill.
The Southern District Health Board is yet to receive a final report and recommendations on its long-running, multimillion-dollar dispute with South Link Health (SLH).
The South's breast-screening service may come to a ''standstill'' because the Southern District Health Board is refusing to honour mammographers' redundancies, the Association of Professionals and Executive Employees (Apex) says.
It is all very well for a former audiologist to say he has ''moved on'' when Otago families are still living ''every day'' with the effects of late diagnoses of their children's conditions, the Dunedin mother of one of his former patients says.
A Dunedin man's ''tragic death'' from a toxic overdose of rheumatoid arthritis medication could have been prevented if a pharmacist had picked up a doctor's prescribing mistake, a coroner has found.
The Southern District Health Board's long-running multimillion-dollar dispute with South Link Health has been referred to the Serious Fraud Office, the board announced yesterday.
Three and-a-half years after the Southern District Health Board called on the Ministry of Health to investigate its still unresolved multimillion-dollar dispute with South Link Health, trying to extract official information on it is more farce than fact-finding, Elspeth McLean opines.
Nearly one in five specialists could retire in the next five years, creating a ''precarious'' situation, the latest workforce report of the senior doctors' union says.
The nurses' union is sceptical of claims Southern District Health Board cost-cutting will not affect patient care.
Just who is driving urgent cost-cutting at the Southern District Health Board was under scrutiny yesterday as the board mulled its parlous financial position.
Lives are saved every day at Dunedin Hospital. But are the surgeons' scalpels being blunted by a lack of help at home afterwards, or are community expectations too high? Nigel Benson and Eileen Goodwin report.
A volunteer database has been mooted to help elderly people who are struggling with housework after medical treatment.
The Southern District Health Board has rejigged top staff to allow two senior executives to focus solely on cost reduction.
The Southern District Health Board is undertaking a wide-reaching planning exercise for the next decade, which will be used to help plan the Dunedin Hospital rebuild.
A single incorrect digit entered into a computer system caused the massive IT crash in southern hospitals in February, a report from the Southern District Health Board says.