The Ministry of Health has confirmed the Southern District
Health Board will remain the national provider of a
specialised radiation procedure, while a Dunedin Hospital
senior doctor says it is only a matter of time before the
service cannot cope with demand.
The Ministry of Health will start gathering colonoscopy data
from district health boards, but it should not be seen as a
"report card" of DHBs, Ministry of Health cancer programme
national clinical director Dr John Childs says.