Colonoscopy concerns: Review restricted
Auditors reviewing Southland cases where concerns had been raised about colonoscopy access through the Southern District Health Board decided to limit their review because it was taking too long to get complete clinical records.
Although they had been informed of a list of 101 cases involving declined or delayed colonoscopies, and heard of more cases during interviews, they confined the audit to 20 cancer cases to avoid “further frustrating delays”.
In a leaked draft of their review report the auditors, general surgeon Phil Bagshaw and gastroenterologist Steven Ding, said some documents were difficult or impossible to trace.
They found 10 of the cases had an undue delay in reaching a diagnosis or treatment, ranging from three months to three and a-half years.
Six cases met the guidelines but were refused colonoscopies.