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South Island neurosurgery service success

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10 November 2010

South Island neurosurgery service success

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) congratulates the South Island Neurosurgery Expert Panel for its holistic solution to keeping safe, high quality and sustainable neurosurgery services for all South Islanders.

“The Expert Panel has listened to the community and clinicians and has come up with a plan that will not only keep neurosurgery services in Dunedin, but revitalise the specialty by boosting academic neurosurgery at Otago University,” says Dunedin-based NZNO industrial adviser Glenda Alexander.

“We are looking forward to working with the newly appointed Governance Board to create a vibrant service that will save lives. The Panel recommendations give a clear direction and we intend to ensure it is followed with commonsense and a commitment to the health of our communities.”

“This is a clear demonstration of people power. When time is critical and lives are at stake, it is great to know that the communities of the South Island will not settle for a below standard service,” Glenda Alexander says.

ENDS

New Zealand Nurses Organisation

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is the leading professional body of nurses and nursing union in Aotearoa New Zealand, representing over 45 000 nurses and health workers. Te Runanga o Aotearoa is the arm through which our Te Tiriti o Waitangi partnership is articulated. Our members include nurses, midwives, students, kaimahi hauora, health care workers and allied health professionals.

The NZNO vision is “Freed to care, Proud to nurse”. Our members enhance the health and wellbeing of all people of Aotearoa New Zealand and are united in their professional and industrial aspirations.

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