Dunedin Hospital SOS

Media Stories

A selection of the major media stories which have been run about Dunedin Hospital issue.

Supporting the cause

Thurs, 18 May 2017

Supporting the cause Mayoral Moments - Southland Express Article .

Mayor Tim Shadbolt backs Dunedin hospital campaign

Wed, 10 May 2017

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt appeared at Dunedin Hospital today in support of the SOS - or Save our Site, Save our Services - campaign, designed to keep Dunedin Hospital within the central city.

Hospital business case due next month

Mon, 8 May 2017

Planning for Dunedin Hospital's redevelopment is on track and a business case revealing preferred redevelopment options is due to be completed next month, according to Southern Partnership Group chairman Andrew Blair.

Medical schools jolted into action

Sat, 22 April 2017

The bid by Waikato District Health Board and Waikato University for a medical school has greatly perturbed Otago and Auckland universities, writes Eileen Goodwin.

Another hospital rebuild setback

Mon, 24 April 2017

Uncertainty about the size of the Dunedin Hospital rebuild appears to have forced the Ministry of Health to delay a plan to gauge private sector interest in taking a stake in it.

Co-ordinated co-operation needed

Sat, 15 April 2017

In the first of a three-part series analysing health issues, Eileen Goodwin looks behind the scenes of the Dunedin Hospital rebuild and finds there is no model for health and education to work together on hospital builds.

Dunedin Hospital redevelopment project

Tue, 18 April 2017

The Ministry of Health is working closely with the Southern Partnership Group and Southern District Health Board to review options for the redevelopment of Dunedin Hospital.

Mayors ponder hospital campaign

Tue, 11 April 2017

Otago's mayors are considering whether to support the Dunedin City Council's campaign for a central-city hospital, although at least one has already identified a caveat to any support.

ORC cautiously supports efforts

Fri, 7 April 2017

The Otago Regional Council will dip its toe in, but will not dive into a campaign to secure a central city Dunedin hospital rebuild.

Dunedin Medical School opened

Mon, 03 April 2017

The official opening of the new Medical School, which has been erected as as adjunct to the University of Otago, took place yesterday afternoon.

Hospital campaign stirs up politicians

Sun, 02 April 2017

The Dunedin City Council is leading a campaign to keep the city's hospital facilities in the central city, but one Dunedin-based MP has labelled it"premature".

Land cost issue for hospital

Thu, 30 March 2017

Prime Minister Bill English says the cost of land in central Dunedin will be a ''critical factor'' in whether Dunedin Hospital stays in the CBD.

Retailers add voice to hospital campaign

Wed, 29 March 2017

A group of central Dunedin retailers and building owners has weighed into the debate over the future of Dunedin Hospital, saying it must stay in the central city.

Concern campaign could backfire

Tue, 28 March 2017

Three Dunedin city councillors who opposed the council's campaign to keep Dunedin Hospital in the central city say the initiative could backfire.

Woodhouse blasts DCC

Sat, 25 March 2017

National list MP Michael Woodhouse has lashed out at the Dunedin City Council over its hospital rebuild campaign, implying it is a front for the Labour Party.

SOS for central city Dunedin Hospital

Fri, 24 March 2017

The Dunedin City Council has officially launched its campaign to keep the city's hospital in the CBD. A small crowd of supporters attended the launch in Dunedin today.

Dunedin Hospital

Fri, 24 March 2017

The Dunedin Council launched a campaign to keep the hospital in the CBD.

Dunedin Hospital campaign launch

Fri, 24 March 2017

Rebuilding Dunedin Hospital as a top flight teaching hospital in the central city is absolutely essential for Dunedin’s future.

DCC launching hospital campaign

Fri, 24 March 2017

The Dunedin City Council is harnessing people power in a bid to keep Dunedin Hospital in the central city.

Cadbury site a 'huge opportunity'

Mon, 20 March 2017

Informal suggestions about the future of the sprawling Cadbury site range from "hospitals to hotels", Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull says.

Most of the site will be vacant in March next year when Mondelez closes the factory.

Partnership crucial to our hospital's future

Mon, 20 March 2017

The future of Dunedin Hospital concerns us all, Sir David Skegg writes. Harvey Cushing, the neurosurgery pioneer, wrote to a friend: ``Nothing could be more ideal than a small, well conducted medical school in a college town.

Take time on hospital build

Mon, 20 March 2017

It would not be wise to rush the building of Dunedin’s new hospital, writes Andrew Blair, chairman of the Southern Partnership Group.

Factory site mooted for hospital rebuild

Sat, 18 March 2017

Dunedin's Cadbury factory could be considered as a location for the Dunedin Hospital rebuild, National list MP Michael Woodhouse says.

Mr Woodhouse, who is tipped to take over as health minister this year, was commenting after the closure of the Cadbury factory was confirmed yesterday.

English says Waikato bid has merits

Fri, 17 March 2017

Prime Minister Bill English says he does not know why the University of Otago is worried by the prospect of a third medical school.

The University of Waikato and Waikato District Health Board want to set up a medical school in Hamilton, and have submitted a joint proposal to the Government.

ICU/HDU rebuild pushed back again

Sat, 11 March 2017

A planned intensive care unit/high dependency unit at Dunedin Hospital might only be open about four years before it is replaced in a new hospital.

Capital charges review may have implications for hospital rebuild

Fri, 10 March 2017

Change is on the cards for the way health boards pay for new hospitals, which may have big implications for the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board.

A high-level review is under way of capital charges, which are interest payments on the Crown finance provided for hospital builds. The annual payments can hamstring DHBs financially.

Dunedin MPs tipped for health roles

Mon, 6 March 2017

Two Dunedin MPs — Michael Woodhouse and David Clark — are tipped to take the health portfolios in planned reshuffles in National and Labour.

Rebuild far too slow

Mon, 6 March 2017

Australian examples show that from the start of the planning stage, an entire hospital of Dunedin’s size can be built in four years with a fine result, writes Dunedin North MP David Clark.

More questions than answers

Sat, 04 March 2017

Dunedinites and the southern public are in something of a quandary. On the one hand, people want to have confidence in the Government appointees tasked with running our district health board in the absence of publicly elected members, want to trust that those overseeing the rebuild of the city’s public hospital have the health wishes and requirements of Otago and Southland front and centre. .

Hospital rebuild meeting pointless, Benson-Pope says

Thurs, 2 March 2017

The Dunedin Hospital rebuild group had little to impart except ''drivel'' and ''jargon'' at Tuesday's public meeting, and should not have called it if there was nothing to say.

That is the view of Dunedin city councillor David Benson-Pope, who was frustrated by the lack of specifics and clear answers.

Frustration in audience at hospital rebuild meeting

Wed, 1 March 2017

Public frustration over the delay-ridden Dunedin Hospital rebuild was evident at a meeting in Dunedin last night.

About 120 people attended an information night organised by the Ministry of Health and Southern District Health Board at Otago Museum's Hutton Theatre.

No time to consult on hospital: Blair

Tues, 28 February 2017

There is not enough time to consult the public about the Dunedin Hospital rebuild, project chairman Andrew Blair says.

No formal consultation process was planned for the $300million project, he confirmed ahead of a public information event at Otago Museum at 6pm today.

DCC to push for central hospital site

Wed, 22 February 2017

The Dunedin City Council will lobby the Government — and could also mobilise the public — as it pushes for a commitment to a central site for the city’s long-awaited hospital rebuild.

Mutual advantages well established

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Collaboration between Dunedin Hospital and the Otago Medical School must continue, Emeritus Prof Gil Barbezat writes.

Hospital report alarms medical school staff

Sat, 23 July 2016

A special relationship of more than 130 years between the Dunedin School of Medicine and Dunedin Hospital must not be "disregarded with the stroke of a pen'', Emeritus Prof David Gerrard tells health reporter Eileen Goodwin.