Hospitals throughout Otago and Southland are almost at capacity and some patients are being shuffled around wards as staff deal with a seasonal increase in admissions.
Leading part of the health sector, rather than just critiquing it, is a new-year challenge for Dunedin health academic Prof Robin Gauld.
The pay figures of University of Otago and Southern District Health Board staff published by this newspaper last weekend provide good news for the city, particularly given the recent focus on job losses, restructuring and the resulting uncertainty.
The Timaru-based chairman of the Southern District Health Board will also head a new-look hospital advisory committee, it has been confirmed.
The Southern District Health Board is still vague on the goal of transforming Lakes District Hospital into a health campus, more than two years after such a move was recommended by the National Health Board (NHB).
The independent practitioner association at the centre of a multimillion-dollar dispute remains adamant it owes nothing to the Southern District Health Board.
Some nurses are becoming ''seasonal workers'' at the Southern District Health Board and the nursing workforce is ''dispirited'' by cost cutting, senior doctors' union Otago president Dr Chris Wisely says.
Queenstown's health watchdog is still working towards a CT scanner, or similar non-invasive diagnostic equipment, being installed for Wakatipu patients, but is waiting for the Southern District Health Board (SDHB) to develop the hospital into a health campus.
A surgical swab left inside a patient and a patient who fell off the operating table were among incidents reported by the Southern District Health Board in the annual adverse events report, released yesterday.
A senior doctor's letter the Southern District Health Board tried for months to keep secret warns of a ''very real'' risk a patient will die because of a ''crisis'' in its Dunedin Hospital ear, nose, and throat department.
Auckland will get the lion's share of health finance jobs to be removed from Southern District Health Board under a cost-cutting proposal.
The Auditor-general's office expects the Southern District Health Board to resolve its long-running multimillion-dollar wrangle with South Link Health ''without further delay''.
Confidential advice to Southern District Health Board members deciding whether to privatise the South's fertility service says strong competition from the private sector contributed to making an in-house service unviable.
Southern District Health Board bosses are putting their need for propaganda before patients, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says.
Spending on communications, marketing and advertising has more than doubled at Southern District Health Board in the past three years, figures released under the Official Information Act show.
All Southern District Health Board staff have been sent a report showing the organisation's progress in saving more than $15 million in health services.
A decision announced yesterday to outsource the Otago Fertility Service (OFS) is a sign of the financial pressure on health boards, the head of the senior doctors' union says.
Rationale used to justify reducing bed numbers at the Southern District Health Board does not stack up and poses a clinical risk, a letter from the New Zealand Resident Doctors Association and aligned health unions to Southern District Health Board says.