A discussion on the fate of the Otago Fertility Service was
taken off the agenda of this week's Southern District Health
Initially, a proposal to outsource the service was to be
considered in the public-excluded session, but the board
issued an updated agenda in which it had been removed.
Chairman Joe Butterfield told the Otago Daily Times
the board was still talking to staff about the proposal. He
said it was not unusual for such negotiations to take longer
It would be back on the agenda for next month's meeting.
Staff have sharply criticised the board's proposal, saying
its argument in favour of outsourcing was based on faulty