25 Aug 2011

DHB finalising response on Dunedin hospital

5:48 am on 25 August 2011

Southern District Health Board says it is finalising a report on challenges facing Dunedin hospital.

The National Health Board has issued a report faulting the leadership and management structure of the DHB, saying its decision-making is poor and there is no overall focus on safety and quality at the hospital.

The wide-ranging report includes recommendations for significant changes it wants given priority.

Southern DHB has declined to comment, but said in a statement that departing chief executive Brian Rousseau is finalising a report for a board meeting next week.

The board says it is consulting staff and Mr Rousseau's report will address the recommendations and how they can be implemented.