Bowel screening bungle
More than 30 people developed bowel cancer after missing check-ups because of a botch-up in a free bowel screening pilot programme, the Ministry of Health has revealed. The ministry announced yesterday that ‘‘many more people than first thought’’ did not receive invitations for free bowel screening during the pilot programme. The news comes two months after Health Minister David Clark ordered a review of the National Bowel Screening Programme, after it was revealed that 2500 Waitemata¯ residents missed out on an invitation. That number now sits at 15,000, with 30 developing cancer, and one death due to cancer.