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Southland Hospital surgeons call on SDHB to take immediate action

19 August 2019 Evan Harding - Southland Times

Southland Hospital general surgeons have called on the Southern District Health Board to immediately implement the recommendations of its own external review for bowel cancer treatment.

The six surgeons have written an open letter saying it is disheartening the DHB is still requesting they apply criteria to colonoscopy access, even after the patient has been seen by a gastrointestinal specialist surgeon.

Last month a damning external audit was released, saying the DHB had serious problems controlling bowel cancer and there were lengthy delays for patients needing a colonoscopy.

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