Locums have been providing neurosurgery cover at Dunedin
Hospital as the Otago District Health Board continues to wait
for a new neurosurgeon to clear registration and immigration
South Island-wide health services have come a step closer,
with all six southern district health boards collaborating to
plan long-term sustainable health services.
A new neurosurgeon who had been expected to start working at
Dunedin Hospital last month will not be arriving until
Dunedin Hospital's only neurosurgeon, Suzanne Jackson, has
resigned, but the Otago District Health Board is adamant the
city will not lose its neurosurgery service.
report into a complaint against the Otago District Health
Board involving a Dunedin Hospital patient whose treatment
was delayed because of strikes suggested "the wrong party is
in the dock".
Neurosurgery services in Otago and Southland are under
threat. The Otago Daily Times urges readers and
people of New Zealand to express their opposition to any
reduction of services.
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Although Dunedin Hospital's intensive care unit is long
overdue for redevelopment and it is short of specialists,
staff still get the job done cheerfully, the unit's clinical
leader, Mike Hunter, says.
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