Neurosurgery STAYS @Dunedin

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### ODT Online Wed, 10 Nov 2010
Neurosurgery decision: The South should feel proud – ODT editor
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NZPA via ODT: Southerners celebrate neurosurgery decision

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### nzherald.co.nz Breaking 11:30 AM Wednesday Nov 10, 2010
Dunedin and Christchurch should keep neurosurgery units – panel
A panel of experts has recommended retaining neurosurgery services at both Dunedin and Christchurch hospitals. Director-General of Health Andrew Bridgman released the panel’s findings at a media conference in Wellington this morning.

Both Christchurch and Dunedin have provided neurosurgical services in the past, but five South Island district health boards (DHBs) had agreed the South Island would be best served by having one hospital providing them.

The Panel recommended the establishment of a “South Island Neurosurgical Service” with two “nodes”.

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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 11:33 10/11/2010
Dunedin keeps neurosurgery services
The Southland Times
BREAKING NEWS: The South Island neurosurgery service will continue to have centres in Christchurch and Dunedin.

Under the new structure the Governance Board will be responsible for building one South Island neurosurgery service which will eventually have seven to eight neurosurgeons, with at least three in Dunedin. It will be chaired by Professor Andrew Kaye, the James Stewart Professor of Surgery and Head of Department of Surgery at the University of Melbourne and the Director of Neurosurgery at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The service’s Dunedin department will have a heavy emphasis on academic neurosurgery, which involves both research and teaching and builds on the University of Otago’s internationally acclaimed neurosciences departments, the panel announced.

The University will appoint and support a Professor of Neurosurgery and a Senior Lecturer in Neurosurgery to be based in Dunedin.

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### ODT Online Wed, 10 Nov 2010
Neurosurgery to stay in Dunedin
The South Island neurosurgery service will continue to have centres in Dunedin and Christchurch but is facing some changes, Acting Director-General of Health Andrew Bridgman has announced.

Of Canterbury’s bid for all of the South Island’s neurosurgeons to be based at Christchurch Hospital, the panel said the DHB “grossly underestimated” the number of emergency cases which could strain the hospital’s facilities.

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ODT: Neurosurgery saga: How it unfolded

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@NZStuff Editor of @SouthlandTimes says decision is “fantastic result” after more than 55,000 southerners signed the Save Our Surgery petition

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@NewstalkZB Neurosurgey to stay in Dunedin: The Ministry of Health has announced the South Island neurosurgery will continue… http://bit.ly/d6XcbV

@nzherald Experts say neurosurgery should be retained at Dunedin and Christchurch hospitals: http://bit.ly/9y2eZZ

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Post by Elizabeth Kerr

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13 responses to “Neurosurgery STAYS @Dunedin

  1. Russell Garbutt

    This has to be good news for the southern region and those that worked hard for this result should be congratulated.

    It does make one wonder why this proposal gained so much traction in the first place. Certainly it seemed that a lot of the push had to do with some neurological surgeons in Christchurch wanting to extend their private practices.

    • Elizabeth

      Yes, it’s interesting that Neurosurgery stays here AND gets beefed up with positions. Something went in one ear at the Ministry of Health. Together with acknowledgement of the need to provide acute cover as well as services to our aging population.

  2. Russell Garbutt

    Yes Elizabeth, to get teaching positions at Dunedin is a great plus

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Thu, 11 Nov 2010
      Neurosurgery decision delights campaigners
      By Elspeth McLean
      It was delight not doom for Dunedin neurosurgery campaigners yesterday with the news the service in the city will be enhanced rather than dropped. In its 84-page report outlining the new model for South Island neurosurgery provision, the South Island Neurosurgical Service Expert Panel was explicit in its view of the role played by the public of Otago and Southland.

      Main points:

      – One neurosurgery service, two centres.
      – At least three neurosurgeons in Dunedin.
      – Significant University of Otago role.
      – Appointment of neurosurgery professor in Dunedin.
      – Initially four neurosurgeons in Christchurch.
      – Governance board headed by Australian.
      – Up to two years before full implementation.

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      • Elizabeth

        ### ODT Online Fri, 12 Nov 2010
        Editorial: Decision demonstrates innovative solutions can be found
        It has been gratifying to see the generosity of spirit, the intellectual purpose and the genuine altruism with which the people of Dunedin, Otago and Southland embraced the cause of retaining neurosurgery services in the South. We thank all the people who became involved, and the other media organisations who joined the Otago Daily Times in helping to convey such a purposeful message.
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        More stories at ODT Online:

        # New board unlikely by Christmas
        # Discord blessing in disguise: Bishara
        # Likely cost less than alternative
        # Decision deemed a victory for common sense
        # Model could help solve disputes: Ryall
        # New governance head not fazed by hot seat
        # Result made all the effort worthwhile
        # ‘Implementation starts today’ – co-operation expected
        # No news became good news

        • Elizabeth

          ### RNZ National Thursday, 11 November 2010 06:14 AM
          Morning Report with Geoff Robinson and Philippa Tolley
          More health services to be organised on a national level
          It is expected more health services will be co-ordinated nationally following yesterday’s announcement the new National Health Board would coordinate neurosurgery services in Christchurch and Dunedin.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (2:18)

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          ### RNZ National Thursday, 11 November 2010 07:25 AM
          Morning Report with Geoff Robinson and Philippa Tolley
          South Island neurosurgery rejig model for reorganisations
          A senior doctor says there are lessons to be learned from the way neurosurgery services have been reorganised in the South Island for the provision of other health services.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (3:46)

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          ### RNZ National Wednesday, 10 November 2010 07:42 AM
          Morning Report with Geoff Robinson and Philippa Tolley
          Dunedin waiting for verdict on neurosurgery
          People living in the lower South Island will find out later this morning if Dunedin will keep its struggling neurosurgery services.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (4:51)

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          ### RNZ National Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:30 AM
          Nine To Noon with Kathryn Ryan
          Neurosurgery
          Richard Thompson – Southern DHB board member. The acting Direcetor-General of Health Andrew Bridgman will release his decision on the structure of the South Island Neurosurgery Services at 11:30am.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (1:21)

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          ### RNZ National Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:50 AM
          Neurosurgery
          Richard Thompson – Southern DHB board member. The acting Direcetor-General of Health Andrew Bridgman will release his decision on the structure of the South Island Neurosurgery Services at 11:30am.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (4:39)

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          ### RNZ National Wednesday, 10 November 2010 16:07 PM
          Afternoons with Jim Mora
          The Panel with Brian Edwards and Michelle Boag (Part 1)
          Topics – An expert panel has concluded that the South Island’s neurosurgery needs should be delivered from both Christchurch and Dunedin. It seems an increasing number of New Zealanders think they can get away with drink-driving.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (24:02)

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          ### RNZ National Wednesday, 10 November 2010 17:08 PM
          Checkpoint with Mary Wilson
          Otago to keep its neurosurgery services
          There were scenes of jubilation in Dunedin today as the news came through that Otago will not only keep its two neuro-surgeons, it will get at least one more.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (5:52)

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          ### RNZ National Wednesday, 10 November 2010 17:14 PM
          Checkpoint with Mary Wilson
          More on today’s neurosurgery announcement
          Listening to that is Glenda Alexander, she’s from the Nurses Organisation and helped run the rallies against moving neurological services away from Dunedin.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (2:53)

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          ### RNZ National Wednesday, 10 November 2010 17:43 PM
          Checkpoint with Mary Wilson
          Panel rejects CDHB’s proposal for neurosurgry service
          The Canterbury District Health Board’s plan to base all South Island neurosurgey in Christchurch grossly underestimated the number of acute patients who would have to be transferred from Dunedin.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (4:20)

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          ### RNZ National Wednesday, 10 November 2010 18:08 PM
          Checkpoint with Mary Wilson
          Neurosurgery decision a winner for Dunedin
          There were scenes of jubilation in Dunedin today as the news came through that Otago will not only keep its two neuro-surgeons, it will get at least one more.
          Audio Ogg Vorbis MP3 (3:35)

        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Sat, 13 Nov 2010
          Editorial: Health services
          Much of the detail in the expert panel’s report on South Island neurosurgery imparts challenges for the future of our public health services. Its presumed solution to the provision of neurosurgery services provides a possible template for a range of services in the island over the next decade or two.
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          ### ODT Online Sat, 13 Nov 2010
          Review bid draws no comment yet
          By Elspeth McLean
          The South Island Neurosurgical Service expert panel’s call for a review of patient-recovery and related patient-transport services across the island has drawn no comment at this stage from Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust chairman Ross Black. Mr Black yesterday said he welcomed the panel’s proposals for redevelopment of the neurosurgery services.
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          ### ODT Online Sat, 13 Nov 2010
          Millar ‘staggered’ by public support
          By Elspeth McLean
          Errol Millar says he has been “absolutely staggered” by the warmth of the response from people from all walks of life to last week’s news he would not be reappointed as chairman of the Southern District Health Board.
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          ### ch9.co.nz November 11, 2010 – 8:06pm
          Neurosurgery announcement seen as a win for the both the health and education sectors
          Yesterday’s announcement that neurosurgery services would stay in Dunedin was widely seen as a decision based on common sense. Along with the benefits the local health sector will reap, the University of Otago’s depth of talent has also been acknowledged and rewarded by the decision makers.
          Video

        • Elizabeth

          ### ODT Online Mon, 15 Nov 2010
          Travel time worried many submitters
          By Elspeth McLean
          A third of the 2256 submissions to the expert panel looking at neurosurgery services in the South expressed concern about having to travel to Christchurch for neurosurgery.
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  4. Elizabeth

    As I noted at another thread recently

    “The Neurosurgery campaign has been a false economy and should never have got off the ground, priority-wise, for the betterment of Otago Southland health services. A want was scratched, not significant need.”

    Tonight on Ch39 News, ODT editor Barry Stewart told us that Dunedin Hospital is down to ONE NEUROSURGEON. The Dunedin unit is being supported by Wellington, Christchurch and Hamilton hospitals. The news presenter Craig Storey muttered, ‘It’s hardly tenable’….

  5. Elizabeth

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  6. Elizabeth

    I supported the retention of neurosurgery at Dunedin due to several close family members and friends (young and old) having received neurosurgical treatment at Dunedin in highly fraught and stressful situations.

    I still support neurosurgical services being retained.

    Nevertheless the SDHB / University of Otago recruitment process and employment environment for neurosurgeons seems to be ridiculously “academic”, and not based in well supported clinical specialisation that would result in sustainable workloads at Dunedin Hospital for not only the Otago Southland region (which is ‘producing’ insufficient caseloads) but also for New Zealand – in combining high value neurosurgical research, surgical applications and technological aids applicable for development and use in clinics and operating theatres.

    It appears that the wrong management system is not managing or incentivising neurosurgeons of the calibre and training potential that we have expected – and have quite frankly witnessed, with the likes of the late Professor Samir Bishara, and Andrew Law (a neurosurgical consultant since 1997).

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