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Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Clutha-Southland Bill English says he wants to make sure his constituents get good access to neurosurgery.
He broke his silence on the neurosurgery services row yesterday in a two-sentence statement after a repeat of earlier requests for comment from the Otago Daily Times.
"I understand the issue is of concern to many people in Otago and Southland.
I want to make sure my constituents get good access to this specialised service," his email statement said.
He was the only Southern MP not to have made any comment on the issue to date.