The development of neurosurgery at Dunedin Hospital will include the appointment of an extra registrar, it was announced yesterday.
Applications have been received for both recently advertised Dunedin-based neurosurgeon positions, but nobody is saying how many.
By July, the South Island Neurosurgical Service should have some indication of the success of its quest to fill two Dunedin neurosurgeon positions.
More FM Dunedin has won two national awards for the "Save Our Neurosurgery" campaign it ran last year.
Applications close this month for two of the three proposed Dunedin-based neurosurgeon positions in the South Island Neurosurgery Service.
The Christchurch neurosurgeon who reportedly threatened to resign over the South Island neurosurgery service decision - which stipulated Dunedin would have resident neurosurgeons, against his recommendation - has been appointed the service's clinical leader.
The South Island Neurosurgical Service Board missed its meeting in Christchurch last month because it was scheduled a day after the earthquake.
The South Island Neurosurgical Service's board of directors will take an honest and open approach in its communication with the public, its terms of reference say.
The Swedish neurosurgeon expected at the Southern District Health Board next month has pulled out, but the Dunedin service will continue to be staffed with locums.
It was good to see members at the South Island Neurosurgical Service's inaugural governance board meeting in Wellington yesterday had "clearly put the past behind them", National Health Board deputy director Michael Hundleby says.
The first meeting of the South Island neurosurgery governance board is being held today, at the Ministry of Health in Wellington.
David Russell has been appointed as the expert consumer adviser on the South Island neurosurgery service's governance board.
It would make sense to have neurosurgeon representatives from both Southern and Canterbury district health boards on the governance board for the new neurosurgery service, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists executive director Ian Powell says.
Canterbury neurosurgeons got their first chance to meet the South Island neurosurgery service's governance board chairman Prof Andrew Kaye yesterday, but details of their discussions have not been revealed.
South Island Neurosurgery Service governance board head Prof Andrew Kaye, of Melbourne, held "getting to know" meetings in Dunedin yesterday.
Concerns raised by Labour's health spokeswoman, Ruth Dyson, yesterday about two Canterbury neurosurgeons' attitude to the planned regionalisation of the service appear to have caused more confusion than clarity.
One of the two neurosurgeons offered appointments by the Southern District Health Board is expected to arrive from Sweden in the first quarter of 2011, chief medical officer Richard Bunton (Otago) says.
The new South Island Neurosurgery Service Governance Board is expected to hold its first meeting in January, but the location remains undecided.
Neurosurgery has been picked for a national service-improvement programme to establish standardised care and clinical guidelines.
The Southern District Health Board is likely to spend about $300,000 soon on new equipment for its neurosurgery service.