A pleas­ing re­sult for our health re­quire­ment re­quests

Whangarei Report - - OPINION - By Dr SHANE RETI Whangarei MP (Na­tional)

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.

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