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South Island Neurosurgery Unit Decision Delayed

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South Island Neurosurgery Unit Decision Delayed

Southland and Otago residents face a longer wait to hear the fate of their neurosurgery unit.

A South Island neurosurgery expert panel has been reviewing services in the South Island after district health boards were unable to reach agreement on the configuration of a future regional service.

Canterbury wants all six neurosurgeons in such a service living in Christchurch with all surgery done there and only outpatient clinics in other places, while the Southern board wants a two-site option with neurosurgery continuing in Dunedin with resident specialists.

A petition calling for the retention of services in Dunedin was signed by 55,741 people and is under consideration by Parliament's health select committee.

The review was due to have been delivered on October 15 but has now been put back to the end of the month.

The panel's report would be made public once acting health director-general Andrew Bridgman made his final decision -- it has not been indicated when this would be.

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