Neu­ro­surgery de­ci­sion due to­day

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

A DE­CI­SION on the fu­ture of neu­ro­surgery in the South Is­land is ex­pected to be an­nounced to­day.

The po­ten­tial loss of neu­ro­sur­gi­cal ser­vices from Dunedin Hos­pi­tal has cre­ated a ma­jor pub­lic back­lash in South­land and Otago, with more than 55,000 peo­ple sign­ing a pe­ti­tion to save the ser­vice.

Health Min­istry of­fi­cials have con­firmed that di­rec­tor-gen­eral of health An­drew Bridg­man would re­lease his de­ci­sion at a press con­fer­ence in Welling­ton to­day.

It fol­lows a com­pre­hen­sive re­port put to­gether by an in­de­pen­dent ex­pert panel of three that has been in­ves­ti­gat­ing the best op­tion for the spe­cialised neu­ro­surgery ser­vice in the South Is­land dur­ing the past three months.

The panel was called in to re­solve the mat­ter af­ter South Is­land district health boards failed to reach a con­sen­sus on the best way of de­liv­er­ing the ser­vice.

Nel­son-Marl­bor­ough, West Coast, Can­ter­bury, South Can­ter­bury and South­ern district health boards all agreed that a cen­tralised ser­vice was nec­es­sary.

Most of the district health boards favoured hav­ing six neu­ro­sur­geons based in Christchurch to ser­vice the whole of the South Is­land, whereas the South­ern DHB wanted at least two of the neu­ro­sur­geons based in Dunedin.

Los­ing Dunedin’s neu­ro­surgery ser­vice would mean a long trip to Christchurch for crit­i­cally ill Otago and South­land pa­tients, reg­u­lar pa­tients, those re­quir­ing long-term stays, and their fam­ily and friends.

Loss of neu­ro­surgery at Dunedin Hos­pi­tal would also have an im­pact on the Uni­ver­sity of Otago School of Medicine and re­duce the ex­per­tise avail­able dur­ing other surg­eries that re­quired a neu­ro­sur­gi­cal in­put.

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