A Wairau Hospital doctor suspended five months ago after a patient died unexpectedly during a procedure remains on full pay.
The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board has also been providing locum cover for the stood-down doctor since the death in May.
The board's locum cover costs in general surgery, obtained under the Official Information Act, for May to September were $128,284.
However, the board would not reveal how many locums worked during that time to protect the privacy of the "small number of people" involved.
The board refused to comment on any aspect of the operation, a stance it took when the patient died.
At that time, the board started a "sentinel event" investigation into the death, which was also referred to the coroner.
Neither investigation has been completed.
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