Two neurosurgeons who were to take up jobs in Dunedin have pulled out, according to a manager of the newly established South Island Neurosurgery Service.
The Health Ministry ended heated debate last year by deciding South Island neurosurgery services will be delivered from two centres - Dunedin and Christchurch - instead of from Christchurch alone.
Two neurosurgeons were appointed before this decision, and were to arrive early this year.
The implementation manager for the new service, Joy Farley, says they pulled out for personal reasons, but other key appointments are proceeding.
Ms Farley says Christchurch neurosurgeon Martin MacFarlane is clinical director of the new service.