Neurological Foundation - Chair of Neurosurgery

Simon Cunliffe: Region responds to paper's call to arms

August 2010

Very rarely do newspapers commit to high-octane single-issue campaigns, but the threat of losing life-saving hospital neurosurgical services was a catalyst for such action.

After months of low-level rumblings, close scrutiny of the issues by a strong health reporting team, editorial argument, and informed opinion articles, the campaign, "It's a no-brainer: Neurosurgery - keep it here", started in the Otago Daily Times on Saturday July 24.

It precipitated an extraordinary response which, in the ensuing weeks, grew rapidly as Otago and Southland spoke, wrote and marched in unison.