RNZ 27 July 2019   

Southern District Health Board's response to the damning report into colonoscopy access has been slammed by the co-author of the report, Christchurch surgeon Phil Bagshaw.

The report, released yesterday, from Mr Bagshaw and gastroenterologist Dr Steven Ding, called for an urgent overhaul of the way the board managed colorectal cancer (CRC).

Mr Bagshaw said instead the response was "along the lines of play it down, play for time and hope it all goes away".

"We've proved beyond any doubt that the Southern District Health Board has failed in the war against bowel cancer. There's no question about it."

The inadequacy of the board's management of CRC had been known for years and he saw no evidence of anybody taking responsibility for that. Read More