Neurosurgery

UK surgeon appointed to neuro service

UK surgeon appointed to neuro service

The second permanent neurosurgeon appointment has been made to the Dunedin node of the South Island Neurosurgery Service.

Second appointment pending

A second permanent neurosurgeon appointment to the Dunedin hub of the South Island Neurosurgery Service may not be far away.

Neurosurgeon appointed to hub

Neurosurgeon appointed to hub

The first neurosurgeon appointed to the Dunedin hub of the South Island Neurosurgical Service, Ahmad Taha had no plans to stay when he arrived a year ago, but admits to falling in love with the place and the people.

Neurosurgery recruitment dilemma

Neurosurgery recruitment dilemma

The Southern District Health Board wanted to appoint a neurosurgeon for just two years, rather than for a longer term, causing "some tension" between Dunedin Hospital management and the South Island neurosurgical service, the National Health Board's Dunedin Hospital report reveals.

Cost of panel $78,625

The South Island neurosurgery service expert panel set up last year to sort out the impasse over the service cost $78,625, the National Health Board says.

South 'used' to create a concerted public response

South 'used' to create a concerted public response

Did the Canterbury District Health Board, which for the most part chose to stay silent during the debate over location of South Island neurosurgery services, receive a fair hearing? Documentation released in February suggests it feels it did not, writes Elspeth McLean.

Delay oversight, Hundleby says

Delay oversight, Hundleby says

Far from being a deliberate ploy, the five-month delay in releasing correspondence from Canterbury neurosurgeons sought by the Otago Daily Times last December was an oversight, deputy director of the National Health Board Michael Hundleby says.

How the neurosurgery campaign developed

How the neurosurgery campaign developed

This month's shortlisting of applicants for two of the three Dunedin-based neurosurgeon positions shows how quickly the South Island Neurosurgical Service has been able to make progress since its first board meeting in January.

Surgeons protested neurosurgeon decision

Surgeons protested neurosurgeon decision

While Otago and Southland breathed a sigh of relief after the announcement last November that neurosurgery would be retained in Dunedin, many in New Zealand's neurosurgery community remained unhappy. Correspondence released to the Otago Daily Times shows how the battle raged on behind the scenes.

Neurosurgeons' rumblings over panel's Dunedin decision

Neurosurgeons' rumblings over panel's Dunedin decision

If the public thought all was sweetness and light in medical circles after the decision to retain neurosurgery in Dunedin, they were mistaken.

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