Public awareness of the neurosurgery battle was lower in Southland than Otago, Southern District Health Board member Richard Thomson said at yesterday's hospital advisory committee in Invercargill.
The New Zealand Nurses Organisation has come out in support of retaining neurosurgery services in Dunedin, saying the implications of a Christchurch-only service for acute patients from the southern area are grim.
Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Clutha-Southland Bill English says he wants to make sure his constituents get good access to neurosurgery.
Southern District Health Board chief executive Brian Rousseau has signed up two European neurosurgeons for Dunedin. They are expected to start work in January.
Intensive-care nurse Pam Adams says she sits quietly most of the time, but is not prepared to let anyone "steal" Dunedin's neurosurgery service.
Transporting Otago and Southland emergency neurosurgery cases to Christchurch is unacceptable and Dunedin's intensive care specialists cannot take any responsibility for any of the predictably disastrous outcomes, says their leader, Mike Hunter.
Pete Hodgson sounds a warning about neurosurgery in Otago and Southland, and explains why.
Director-general of Health Stephen McKernan has been receiving a "small number" of letters about neurosurgery services, his office confirmed this week.
Despite a suggestion last week that southerners could write to the Director-general of Health, Stephen McKernan, with their concerns about neurosurgery service plans, no letters have yet been received by his office.
The damaging hiatus on neurosurgery in Dunedin continues, leaving the city and the South poorly covered at present and with an uncertain future.
If people do not speak up, Southland and Otago may lose a critical surgical service - with all the significant flow-on impacts. Richard Thomson leads the way.
If the proposed solution on neurosurgery services in the South involves a significant change, public consultation would be needed, Southern District Health Board chairman Errol Millar says.