A pleasing result for our health requirement requests
I wrote this article today [Friday, October 19] (under the headline “Bowel screening in Northland not in the public interest – really?”
I have been lobbying the Health Minister for an endoscopy suite for bowel cancer for some time and he had sent me the following —
Question from Dr Shane Reti, MP for Whangarei: When will the Minister and his team decide on funding for an endoscopy suite in Northland and what is the budget cost? Reply: It is not in the public interest to provide an answer to the member's question at this time.
This article was going to very firmly tell him bowel cancer screening does interest Northlanders, but by midday it was time to change the headline when it was announced that Auckland DHB would get $200 million and Northland would get $24 million for an endoscopy suite and cardiac catheter laboratory.
This is good for us, however, a wider question I have been lobbying is why we are one of the last DHBS to get the bowel cancer screening programme (2020/2021), especially when we have a moderate to high incidence of bowel cancer in Northland?
I again asked questions and the answer is in the table with this article that shows our local IT systems do not have the capability and are, in fact, at the same level as the much smaller West Coast DHB. Northlanders can be reassured that I will continue to lobby extensively for IT services for our local DHB, but today we can be pleased with progress on our local cancer and cardiac services.
Framework for assessing bowel cancer screening rollout.