SDHB will ‘takeaway’ more than freshly cooked meals and a head chef

Kathy Grant 2 []### Last updated 05:00, 3 Nov 2015
Southern District Health Board commissioner Kathy Grant to reveal “work plan”
By Evan Harding
The woman charged with turning around the fortunes of the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board will reveal her master plan on Tuesday [today]. Health commissioner Kathy Grant and her team will reveal details of their “work plan” to staff of the Southern District Health Board at meetings in Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown.
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Document released to staff fails to state how many jobs will go, redundancy details, and the logistics of the new food system.

### ODT Online Mon, 2 Nov 2015
More hospital meal reheating tipped
By Eileen Goodwin
Dunedin Hospital’s cooks will focus on food “regeneration” – rather than cooking fresh meals for patients – after their job numbers are cut, according to a proposal Compass Group tried to keep under wraps. The multinational took over Southern District Health Board kitchens last month, and has started the process of cutting jobs to prepare for introducing its own food system. This will include trucking meals from Auckland to the South.
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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Image: – Kathy Grant, commissioner (detail)


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72 responses to “SDHB will ‘takeaway’ more than freshly cooked meals and a head chef

  1. Elizabeth

    OBSCURE ? what the

    ### Tues, 3 Nov 2015
    Commissioner releases plan of action for the SDHB
    An obscure plan of action has been outlined for the cash-strapped Southern District Health Board.

    39 Dunedin Television Published on Nov 2, 2015
    Commissioner releases plan of action for the SDHB

  2. Gurglars

    What with Asbestosis, Salmonella, Legionaires disease and getting run over by a bike on the way, it might be a good idea to avoid Dunedin Hospital at all costs!

  3. Elizabeth

    Sounds like an RT job. And the overpaid lawyer went along with it. Sorry, I meant “Commissioner”.

    █ “Only one page long, it took four months to draw up.”

    ### ODT Online Wed, 4 Nov 2015
    Staff to be given more say: SDHB
    By Eileen Goodwin
    The commissioner team running the Southern District Health Board surprised staff yesterday by announcing they will be given more say in running the organisation. The move was part of the long-awaited ”work plan” released at large staff meetings.
    Read more

  4. Calvin Oaten

    The “long awaited ‘work plan’ is simply ‘back to the future’, albeit a very long way back.” In fact back to the days of a local elected Hospital Board chaired by Mr Gibson and an office procurement manager, with all things medical under the Medical Superintendent, a fully qualified medical practitioner. It’s the ‘thicko’ Govt appointments and fancy arsed bureaucrats that have over many years prostituted the whole concept of health care, all in the name of efficiency and great salary increases.

  5. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 5 Nov 2015
    Editorial: Health board progress or platitudes?
    OPINION What should be made of the “work plan” released this week by the commissioner team running the Southern District Health Board? It seems extraordinary a “work plan” that took four months to draw up is only one page long and includes next to no details. […] After four months and direct payments of many tens of thousands of dollars to the commissioners, this much-anticipated document, ”Owning Our Future”, is vague and disappointing.
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  6. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 7 Nov 2015
    Kitchen workers asked to go north
    By Eileen Goodwin
    It could be seen as rubbing salt in the wound – asking Dunedin Hospital kitchen workers to shift to Auckland. Compass Group representatives were in Dunedin this week trying to entice staff to New Zealand’s largest city, where the median house price is more than $770,000.
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    SDHB recruiting for two communications roles, including a head of communication.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 7 Nov 2015
    SDHB media comment freeing up
    By Eileen Goodwin
    Loosening the restrictions on media comment at the Southern District Health Board is on the cards as it seeks to improve its public image. The board’s communications team lost two senior members last month, and a senior Canterbury public relations official was flown to Dunedin three times in just over a week to help manage the recent asbestos scare.
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  7. Anonymous

    Just another overpaid Spook department producing insulting statements for the local media to reproduce. Freeing up… what a lot of bollocks. I’m not even sure how Eileen Goodwin was able to type that between fits of nervous giggles.

  8. Calvin Oaten

    Eileen, get with it for God’s sake! You as a journalist of all people should know that if you want the ‘dinkum oil’ just go to the ‘mouth of the south’ Richard Thomson who’s already on the SDHB payroll once, twice or is it three times. He can give you all the info you could want and then some. Not that much of it would be near the truth, but then what is?

  9. Gurglars

    You do not need a communications manager if you have nothing to hide, unless you have something to trumpet and then only if you have saved ratepayers and taxpayers money.

    There is no chance of that if we are paying one incompetent $1400 per day and two others $900 per day.

    Could we not have consistent failure at no horrendous expense?

    That would be a huge improvement and if we did not publicise such continuous failures we would save a further $500,000 pa in communication salaries.

    And just a fair question, if the head of the SDHB has no communication and no management skills, could we not deport her back to a place that values incompetence?

    • Hype O'Thermia

      “Could we not have consistent failure at no horrendous expense?” Good point, Gurglars. The bar has been set well low. Even were the pay rate above current minimum – say the Living Wage of $18.45 (iirc) – we’d be better off with any of the 225 applicants who queued up (cf new supermarket checkout jobs) keen to do the jobs.
      Screw up on the cheap! Our great leap forward!

      • Gurglars

        Dead right Hype, in both the SDHB and the DCC, we would be better to employ unemployed school leavers at whatever the minimum rate is.

        Employee 1. It would be quite possible to get better designers of cycleways straight out of school or tech drafting college.

        Employee 2. A competent school leaver however would not commit $47 million to a harebrained scheme as no cyclists on cycleways eleswhere in Oceania would ensure the cancellation of such a scheme. (demise of employee 1)

        Employee 3. An idealistic school leaver would be keen to investigate corruption in the DCC bureaucracy over car fleet scandals, this would result in at least 50 of the 62 employees being ” let go” for receiving stolen goods. A huge saving for Dunedin and part of the only possible answer to Dunedin’s huge per capita (your) debt.

        Thus with the employ of just two (at least one idealist) new employees on the minimum wage we would be able to move towards a rationalistic better managed DCC.

        Of course once it could be determined that so called “monkeys” could in fact administer the city more competently than those overpaid as currently, the whole domino structure of the DCC could be torn down and recreated at far more rational wage and salary levels. Incompetent planners like those who designed the cycleways and the 🌵2GP could be sent off to private enterprise and Dunedin would become again an idyllic place to live and work.

        Which it is not at present unless you are overpaid by the ratepayer or taxpayer.

  10. Elizabeth

    ‘A statement.’
    More on areas of the hospital still subject to asbestos removal and testing.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 7 Nov 2015
    Some areas of hospital reopen after cleaning
    The Dunedin Hospital molecular laboratory and central stairwell reopened this week as asbestos cleaning continued, the Southern District Health Board said in a statement.
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  11. Elizabeth

    Asbestos cleaning has cost SDHB one million dollars……. with more testing to be undertaken.

  12. Elizabeth

    Commissioner team making progress — exemption from next year’s DHB elections to let this continue.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 3 Dec 2015
    Commissioner to stay at SDHB
    By Eileen Goodwin
    The commissioner running the Southern District Health Board will have her term extended under special legislation being introduced to Parliament today, Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman announced this morning. It means the promised returned to a democratically elected board in next year will not happen.
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    • Hype O'Thermia

      Christchurch is getting edgy about the next year, sometime, never return to democracy.
      Once the government puts “their people” in, their ideological support of democracy (hand in hand with the US to protect or enforce it in other countries) fades, leaving only the Cheshire Cat’s reassuring smile.

  13. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 16 Dec 2015
    Hospital asbestos cost $380,000
    By Eileen Goodwin
    The Dunedin Hospital asbestos scare cost more than $380,000 just for the initial response, as asbestos surveys released by the Southern District Health Board under the Official Information Act give a sense of the problem’s scale. […] The building surveys, by Precise Consulting and Laboratory, itemise hundreds of deposits in the clinical services building, the register (sic) lecture block and the Fraser Building.
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  14. Elizabeth

    From the unbelievable files.

    ODT 5.1.16 (page 8)

    ODT 5.1.16 Hospital food review needed

  15. Hype O'Thermia

    So… the kitchen and some catering staff have to be kept on because, could it be that when staff heard mention of the trucked-in meals there were feet stamped in anger and a chorus of “No fecking way, beancounters!”?

  16. Elizabeth

    The commissioner is less than forthcoming: NO REPLY —a great opp for Mr Thomson (city councillor, to some) to step in and provide an oratory. Since he voted for Compass.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      A lose-lose opportunity:
      Compass meals aren’t good enough for staff / Compass meals are too good for staff.
      In this age of profligate spending it’s a joy to see the money paid for that double barrelled shotgun wasn’t wasted. Anyone with access to the cupboard (and nobody kept a list of who was given keys, nor how many duplicates have been cut for new staff members as they were appointed) can, without a moment’s delay, shoot themselves in both feet

  17. Gurglars

    Can anyone tell me what MS $1400 and messers $900 have achieved? If anything.

  18. Hype O'Thermia

    Attending courses in scenic venues with great shopping opportunities nearby, on The Shotgun, cleaning and polishing of. Probably – or perhaps courses conducted in-house by team of overseas consultants.

  19. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 13 Jan 2016
    SDHB withholds its plans for southern healthcare
    By Eileen Goodwin
    The Southern District Health Board has refused to release documents that spell out the commissioner regime’s plans for southern healthcare. The existence of “detailed work plans” was disclosed in documents released by Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman last year.
    Read more

  20. Gurglars

    That’s just what we wanted, $1400 per day for Ms Don Qixote and $900 each for the Sancho Panza and the horse, and after due deliberation after many meetings and stipends and the amazing answers are not suitable for public scrutiny!

    Stuff me when are we going to get elected or unelected officials that get the right answers.

    Dave Cull blames climate change, not weather! For the inability of staff to manage a simple mud cleaning contract and this female burke cannot get a homily that passes sensible evluation.

    If it wasn’t so tragic surely her appointers must be highly embarrassed at their choice or is she another Teresa Gattling gun.

  21. Tom

    Now we are being warned by council staff not to use too much water, as it appears there is a water shortage on the way. How the hell are they going to be able to keep the water supply up to all the jaffas, Refugees and the new hotels that they want to add to the Dunedin water supply. If after five days of sunshine they issue a warning because of a low water supply. I suppose one answer could be to locate the jaffas, refugees and new hotels in South Dunedin, as they appear to have an oversupply of water.

  22. Lyndon Weggery

    Tom – as I predicted DCC are about to hit the panic button over lack of rain. Yet they have known for years that our security of supply is only 21 days and as part of the 3 Waters Strategy 2011 made the bizarre decision only to maintain existing storage capacity not widen or extend it against possible future dry/dought conditions. All this despite the fact acknowledging freely that most of our water (Deep Creek/Deep Stream) is “run of the river”. In addition, leakage from the DCC pipes is still 15%.

  23. Tom

    Ha Ha but Dunedin does have the only covered stadium in NZ even if it doesn’t have sufficient water supply and stormwater capacity.
    Time to get on the drafting gate, and cull out the under performers.

  24. Jacob

    All the more reason to spend $20 million on a new pool out at Mossgiel. That should hold about a week’s water supply for the Mossgiel residents.

  25. Gurglars

    Add a bit of chlorine and some fluoride and that will really dumb down Mosgielites.

    Sounds like another agenda 21 ambition realised.
    General Stupidity, it starts at the top.

  26. Calvin Oaten

    Does anyone remember that JH negotiated with Trustpower for a right to construct a dam holding in excess of 300,000litres in the DCC’s Deep Stream catchment? It was to feed a canal which would power a small generation plant then discharge into Lake Mahinerangi (spelling?) which of course feeds the Waipori complex of generation. That of course is Trustpower’s . In effect that water is diverted from the Deep Stream DCC water reserve. Part of the deal is that in the event of a dry spell Trustpower is obligated to keep not less than 300,000 litres to be made available to the city’s water supply.
    This water is lost to the DCC and in return Trustpower was granted this right to generate profits from the sale of the power generated. All this with a 99 year lease at $1pa reduced from 999years after grumpy comments from yours truly and others. This all took place in 2006 during Peter Chin’s reign.
    I would wonder if the current administration know of this as $1pa would be lost in the dust in that place. Another example of the pathetic culture if incompetence in that building.

  27. Calvin Oaten

    An addendum to the above: The 300,000 litres is a figure, but no mention of frequency. Was it per day, per week or per year? Who knows? I doubt again that any-0ne in the building knows even if that aspect was laid down.

  28. Elizabeth


    SDHB staying tight-lipped about number of cancellations in the past couple of weeks.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 30 Jan 2016
    ‘Absolutely yuck’ meals upset elderly
    By Eileen Goodwin
    There are fears for the viability of the meals on wheels delivery system in Dunedin after reports of recipients cancelling the meals, which are now trucked frozen from Auckland and Tauranga. A delivery volunteer [Liz Green] has spoken out about the quality of the meals, and Age Concern Otago says its delivery runs seem to be getting smaller.
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    Comment at ODT Online:

    Submitted by IWAS on Sat, 30/01/2016 – 8:44am.

    So this is how we treat our elderly and sick. If we were to gauge the caring nature of a nation and its people, then we have to look no further. We should be ashamed that we have allowed this government to take it this far. The elderly and sick are being treated worse than criminals that are in jail, who, by the way, get to eat fresh meals.

  29. Sally

    Why is it that a member of SDHB would vote to make Dunedin workers and businesses redundant in favour of the Auckland company Compass. Then change hats and vote for $790,000 to be allocated for Economic Development, to attract more business to Dunedin, as part of creating 10,000 jobs? I think I need to see my psychologist to help me work out the logic of that one.

  30. Hype O'Thermia

    “I think I need to see my psychologist to help me work out the logic of that one.”
    Sally, have mercy – please don’t.
    Psychologists are only human, there are limits to the magnitude of twisted logic they can unravel.
    What’s more, like non-admin/managerial SDHB staff they are underpaid by standards that refer to the world’s demand for their services.
    The last thing Dunedin needs is psychologists off work on stress leave.

  31. Elizabeth

    Received from Douglas Field
    Sat, 30 Jan 2016 at 2:14 p.m.

    Kathy Cull and Richard in hospital-view [Douglas Field]Kathy, Cull and Richard in hospital view

  32. Hype O'Thermia

    How to make a profit on a catering contract:
    Sign the mug punters oops client up for a long time, incentive being that it will take 15 years for them to come out “winners” (Heh heh, we ain’t ‘alf got a bunch of rubes here, it’s time to hit them with the no turning back brick in a sock.
    Good, now they’ve happily smashed up the staff and plant that had been providing really good food for years – no way back for them.
    Now, provide food that complies with the written contract but costs a fraction of what their standard of edibility used to cost. See – not a thing they can do about it! Tra-la-la and that catchy tune from Oliver, what was it? I remember – “You’ve got to pick a pocket or two” – whistling all the way to the bank.
    But wait, there’s more! No not a set of steak knives, you morons! Now the cancellations from Meals on Wheels wrinklies and sickies start rolling in, O dear how sad never mind as they said in the classics. Same money for us, less product to be supplied, what’s not to love?
    It shouldn’t take long now for hospital patients too, to refuse our pigswill, hahaHAAA there’s a rumour going around that even Havoc Pigs crap on it and then run away! So there we are – relatives trotting in as soon as visiting time starts with lunch boxes and picnic hampers. And the ones with no family to care for them phone out, there’s couriers arriving with steaming platters and the DCC is making a killing out of parking fines. Our soul-brothers Wilsons are happy too.
    It’s time now to move on to the second phase, private gourmet catering delivered to the door or bedside, partly or wholly paid for out of the district health budget as long as they have a referral from their health provider or WINZ.

    [Exits stage left gleefully rubbing hands and whistling “Food glorious food”.]

  33. Gurglars

    Its a lot easier to get rid of cooks than persons earning over $500,000 pa and $1400 per day.

    Competent cooks, incompetent administrators and board members.

    Cooks go, others stay.

    Services go, moneygrabbers stay.

    The end result, 10,000 extra staff, $10,000 more per worker per annum.

    Ratepayers and Taxpayers broke.

  34. Calvin Oaten

    Sally, you think you need to see your psychologist to work out the logic of the ‘dinky moustached one,’ who on the one hand can be part of the SDHB decision to make redundant the kitchen staff here in Dunedin in favour of the Auckland company Compass, then change hats and vote $790,000 be spent by the DCC in order to promote Economic Development and bring jobs and business to Dunedin. Why do you feel that, when the ‘moustached one’ is in fact a qualified ‘clinical psychologist’? It just gets sillier and sillier doesn’t it?

  35. Elizabeth


    ‘….the meals had shrunk in size and deteriorated in quality.’

    ### ODT Online Mon, 1 Feb 2016
    Better meals under Nazis: 87-year-old
    By Eileen Goodwin
    A Dunedin woman says she had better food growing up in a Nazi-occupied country than the ‘‘disgusting” meals on wheels trucked from Auckland and Tauranga. Petronella Wennekes (87) cancelled the service last Friday. She felt she had no choice given the quality of the meals.
    Read more

    Comments on the ODT Facebook page suggested alternative options for ready-made meals, and some believed there was an opportunity for a new service involving partnerships between Dunedin community groups and businesses. (ODT)


    Further, the freezer at your local supermarket stocks frozen meals, including Wattie’s, for well under $5 per serve.

  36. Compass Group
    These people have the sort of form that Mr Thomson ought to have taken into account from the ‘get go’. Did he? – you guess – I couldn’t possibly even hazard one. Here is a selection from Wikipedia.

    Criticisms of Compass Group
    2005 United Nations misconduct incident
    ESS became a UN-registered food vendor in 2000 and then went on to win contracts to supply UN peacekeepers operating in Sudan, East Timor, Liberia, Burundi, Eritrea, Lebanon, Cyprus and Syria.

    The UN suspended Compass in October 2005 after allegations of contract bidding irregularities. It is alleged that ESS may have improperly obtained confidential information concerning a three-year contract to supply food and water to UN peacekeepers in Liberia. ESS’s poor performance on a food contract to provide rations to peacekeepers in Burundi was also looked in to before it lost the contract.

    After its own £5m, three-month internal investigation, Compass had declared it had discovered “serious irregularities” in its UN business.

    The corruption allegations were also referred to the UK’s Serious Fraud Office a criminal investigation by US federal prosecutors and wider investigations into UN procurement by both the Southern District Court of New York, the US Congress and the UN. Compass had agreed by October 2006 to pay to up to £40m to settle 2 lawsuits brought against it for allegedly bribing a UN official to win catering contracts. Compass Group did not admit any legal liability and paid a confidential settlement in the region of £40m.

    The chief executive of Compass Group, Richard Cousins, was quoted as saying: “We believe it is in the best interests of the business and shareholders, and good management, to avoid the uncertainties and costs associated with prolonged litigation. My focus is on the future and this settlement is a major step in putting the matter behind us.

    Canadian Prisons
    The supplier of food to seven of Ontario’s correctional facilities, Eurest Dining Services, informed the Halton Regional Health Department that some samples taken during routine surveillance had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes on November 21, 2008. Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s acting chief medical officer of health later commented on the issue

    February 2013 Horse meat scandal
    In 2013, as part of the 2013 meat adulteration scandal DNA tests revealed that horsemeat was present in some meat products sold in Lancashire and Northern Irish meals.

    On 7 February 2013, it was revealed by the Food Standards Agency that the Findus beef lasagne range in the UK, France and Sweden and the shepherd’s pie and moussaka ranges in France contained horse meat without proper declaration or official scrutiny. Findus, Compass Group, Whitbread, Brewers Fayre and Premier Inn were indicted for illegally selling concealed horse meat in food products. Compass Group had sold it to 47 Lancashire schools and a “small number” of schools in northern Ireland.

    In a public letter later that day, 11 firms, including Tesco and Asda, said they shared shoppers’ “anger and outrage”. Whitbread vowed to remedy the unacceptable situation on 26 February 2013. The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) chief executive, Catherine Brown also said “it is unlikely we will ever know” how many unwittingly ate horsemeat.

    April 2015 Exploiting US Senate kitchen staff
    On 22 April 2015 the Compass Group was accused of underpaying their employees in the US Senate’s kitchen.

    So the olds in this town just have to ‘soldier on’. Eh Mr Thomson.

  37. Elizabeth

    Scheme devised by defunct Government-owned entity Health Benefits Ltd as national food model, only six boards signed up….

    ### ODT Online Tue, 2 Feb 2016
    Meals outcry prompts meeting
    By Eileen Goodwin
    An outcry over the quality of the frozen meals being trucked from the North Island has prompted a special meeting in Dunedin today between Southern District Health Board and senior Compass Group staff. The meeting includes the company’s Auckland-based chief operating officer. It comes as a University of Otago human nutrition authority has warned the cash-strapped health board may lose more money than it saves from the outsourcing if people will not eat the food.
    Read more + Video

    —Look hard at Richard Thomson and his SDHB cohorts.

  38. Hype O'Thermia

    Saves money, provides as good quality AND pays dividends to the company?
    But wait, there’s more – sign up tonight to this offer which is not available in the shops and receive not one but TWO harbour bridges!

  39. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 3 Feb 2016
    44 cancel Meals on Wheels
    By Eileen Goodwin
    Meals on Wheels cancellations are four times higher than the Southern District Health Board has previously disclosed. The scheme to truck frozen meals from Auckland and Tauranga to the South has prompted cancellations, complaints and public criticism.
    Read more

    “….[Carole] Heatly said Grey Power and others gave “positive feedback” after the [tasting] sessions. Grey Power Otago president Jo Millar said this was incorrect, and she believed the situation was misrepresented. […] Asked to respond to Mrs Millar’s concerns, the health board spokeswoman said Compass told the board the feedback was positive.”

    2.2.16 More meals on wheels cancellations

  40. Elizabeth

    What is urgently required is a revision of the [meal] service.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 5 Feb 2016
    Editorial: A question of taste
    Food and shelter are key necessities for a caring society but lately, food quality for some of the most vulnerable in the South has been called into question. It is not as though the South was not warned about the changes being made to Meals on Wheels as the Southern District Health Board decided to do away with most of its kitchen facilities and use Compass Group.
    Read more

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Doesn’t the original proposition fail the “if it sounds too good to be true” test?
      “We can make meals cheaper and save you money, that are as good or better than current fare, across Cook Strait from your diners, and still make a profit for our company.”

      • Hype O'Thermia

        Auditions are being held for the parts of Gullibility and Greed in the musical version of “Waiting For God’elp Us”, singing from the Spinners’ Songbook and dancing around straight questions are required. Chorus (no dancing): 45 malnourished elderly persons, must be still able to stand without fainting. People with distracting tummy rumbles not suitable.

  41. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 11 Feb 2016
    New menus for hospital patients
    By Eileen Goodwin
    Patients at Dunedin Hospital and Wakari Hospital switched to a new menu yesterday in the next step of a controversial outsourcing deal. […] While some of the pre-prepared components are frozen, they are not whole frozen meals like the Meals on Wheels.
    Read more

  42. Elizabeth

    Meanwhile at Southland, Compass trying to talk things up?

    ### Last updated 12:45, February 11 2016
    Patient says Southland Hospital food is ‘crap’, but Compass says most feedback positive
    By Evan Harding – Southland Times
    A Southland Hospital patient is describing new meals as “absolutely bloody deplorable” but the company preparing them says it is receiving plenty of positive feedback on the new menu. Invercargill man Kevin Mcfarlane is not the only person upset with the food, with a survey revealing 9 per cent of patients at the hospital have provided negative feedback about the meals. […] The food and ingredients for the patient menu were brought into the hospital either fresh, ready-to-cook or in a chilled or frozen form.
    Read more

    CLASSIC BS from our SDHB mistress-in-check:
    “Heatly anticipated the implementation of the Compass meals at Dunedin Hospital this week would also go well.” –Southland Times

  43. photonz

    It’s very rare to hear my elderly mother ever complain about anything, particularly food.

    But today she cancelled her meals on wheels, as they’re disgusting and inedible.

  44. Elizabeth

    Taieri Court at Mosgiel (PSO Rest Home with Kitchen) doing a roaring trade for those not able to palate Compass meals on wheels in their district.

    39 Dunedin Television
    Locals opting for a taste of home [video]

    • Hype O'Thermia

      How multinational businesses are good for locals. First is was Cadburys giving Whittakers a huge boost in profile and popularity….

      • Elizabeth

        Definitely. At least two other local meal providers and delivery services are enjoying increased sales.

        • Brian Miller

          You might think that it is great that there are other local providers. The sad thing about that is, they have to bring in all the produce from other areas. Such as Canterbury, Southland and Central Otago ’cause this council would rather grow houses on our top soils. If we could go back to the days when we had councils that supported productive soils for food production. Then we might be half way to the 10,000 jobs that Cull and Co crow about. Why spend $790,000 trying to encourage jaffas down here. Spend the money promoting what we already have, The best food producing soils and growing conditions in the country.

        • Elizabeth

          Fully appreciate that Brian. Taieri high class soils should of course be in full food production. DCC only ever sees it as somewhere to plunder (economic development is unmitigated SPRAWL) by local developers (we know all their names and they are swine of the worst kind) with property speculation as their only intent – and not for a growing population at Dunedin LOL but simply catering to internal migration for shit flat sections on a flood plain.

          You’re also talking to the daughter of former Silver Peaks County Councillor who did NOT support housing subdivision of Rural Land. So no preaching to the converted, you’re about four decades too late.

  45. Calvin Oaten

    The new $145Kpa SDHB spin-miester will have her work cut out putting lipstick on this pig.

  46. Hype O'Thermia

    Do the cancellations make any difference to how much Compass gets paid? It’s not a per-meal deal, is it?

  47. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 13 Feb 2016
    Hospital food ‘not hot’ but ‘will improve’
    By Eileen Goodwin
    Compass says some Dunedin Hospital patient meals were not hot enough this week, but the meals are improving each day. […] The main meal was now served in the evening, rather than at lunch-time.
    Read more

    Southern suppliers to Compass: (via ODT)
    ● Cerebos Gregg’s
    ● Quality Bakers
    ● Southern Hospitality
    ● Kaan’s Catering Supplies.
    ● Pasta D’Oro (South Island Fresh Foods Ltd, Christchurch)

  48. Hype O'Thermia

    Not hot enough. Not much attention to getting it right BEFORE inflicting it on patients. SDHB, such a tiny saving over such a long period – and this is what we get from unbelievably expensive “top quality” top dog appointed by genius government?
    Next time line up a dozen local job applicants and appoint the one who tenders lowest for the job. Can’t be much worse, and by costing so much less there will be more money available for doing what’s necessary i.e. paying staff to provide health services and decent tucker to sick people.

    And your average random probably won’t have the perceived need for appointing overpaid (or indeed any) spin doctors to “massage” pointless extravagance and poor decisions. Gotta be an improvement, hasn’t it?

  49. Calvin Oaten

    Hype: Way too obvious. Better turn it down and get in behind. These people are, as they admit, excellent seasoned international suppliers of food. It’s just that our local people (albeit sick ones) are far too pickety. That’s the problem in a nutshell. Yes, they do provide nuts, in cases.

  50. Elizabeth

    To meet minimum mandatory standards meals needed to provide only a third of a person’s nutrition needs.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 20 Feb 2016
    Frozen meals underwhelm
    By Eileen Goodwin
    Veteran food writer Charmian Smith agreed to taste-test the meals that have prompted dozens of meals on wheels cancellations. Health reporter Eileen Goodwin was on hand to gauge her response.

    “I hope I don’t ever have to rely on that sort of food when I get really old.”

    That is the verdict of award-winning Dunedin food writer Charmian Smith after taste-testing the reheated frozen meals at a session convened by the Compass Group at Dunedin Hospital this week.
    Read more + Video


    Age Concern’s main concern was the older people, and whether they had found a suitable replacement meal.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 20 Feb 2016
    Meals on wheels: quarter of recipients opt out
    By Eileen Goodwin
    More than a quarter of Dunedin meals on wheels recipients dumped the service in a single month after the food was trucked frozen from the North Island, new figures show. Age Concern Otago executive officer Susan Davidson said the organisation had less need for volunteer drivers because of dwindling run sizes.
    Read more

  51. Elizabeth

    Compass are dropkicks but more so follow-the-money Richard Thomsom (he voted for Compass), Kathy Grant and Carole Heatly.

  52. Hype O'Thermia

    What a pity job descriptions didn’t include “compassion”.

  53. Elizabeth

    BS Coleman and FW Woodhouse at the hospital….

    Otago Daily Times Published on Mar 31, 2016
    Health Minister tastes Dunedin Hospital food
    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has bowed to pressure to taste test controversial new meals at Dunedin Hospital.


    Fri, 1 Apr 2016
    ODT: No media for minister’s taste test
    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has bowed to pressure to taste test controversial new meals at Dunedin Hospital, but without media present.

    Fri, 1 Apr 2016
    ODT: Minister praises hospital meals
    Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman has praised the “standard Kiwi fare” he sampled at Dunedin Hospital today, and says there is “nothing wrong” with the meals. He ate bolognese and pasta, a sandwich, and soup, and enjoyed them all.

  54. Kleinefeldmaus

    Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has bowed to pressure to taste test controversial new meals at Dunedin Hospital, but without media present.

    He would say that wouldn’t he – we all know how politicians practice their spin.
    But no media present – well that’s significant – nobody or camera present to check the tell-tale uggh look on his face when he tasted it.

    Def a fail!

  55. Hype O'Thermia

    I had a friend who said his mother was such a frightful cook she could boil pure water and make it taste appalling. The minister may have spent his life in households with that kind of home cooking. Another friend lost her sense of smell and this affected her perception of flavour – happens to all of us when we have a really bad cold and bunged-up nose. Is the minister noted for his palate? Can he tell Jarlsberg from Colby, or shit from clay?

  56. Hype O'Thermia

    The same story was on and the comments have flooded in, rather like Dave’s version of the sea rise when rain falls on South Dunedin. Some commenters mentioned that Compass has an international record of providing horrendous muck inaccurately charged out as “food”.

    {Link added. Coleman need to check out the food pics at this story. -Eds}

    • Hype O'Thermia

      One person commented that the most disgusting dog-puke meal was probably puree’d for someone who was at risk of choking on solid foods. That doesn’t explain the kebab. Someone who was in hospital recently described that as unidentifiable “meat”, with the sauce thick almost dried out and tasting metallic. I remember those catering gravy mixes. Guaranteed to ruin even the best meal, and yes, that metallic effect on the sides of one’s tongue – SO nasty!

  57. Elizabeth

    More about the disgusting Compass meals at Dunedin Hospital:

    █ Facebook: Stop Dunedin Hospital from being downgraded

    [click to enlarge]

  58. Kleinefeldmaus

    ha ha
    Either way he is on a hiding to nothing. Pictures or no pictures – food specially prepared for photo op. He better get out of that kitchen – far too hot for him! He bungled!

  59. Elizabeth

    Thu, 7 Apr 2016
    ODT: Kitchen workers under pressure
    Dunedin Hospital kitchen workers are being run “ragged” trying to make the Compass Group food system work, while being criticised by disgruntled patients and chasing the multinational over wage errors, a union says. Patients are complaining about the food and some constantly question staff about how the meals are sourced, E tu organiser Anna Huffstutler told the Otago Daily Times.

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