History may repeat if New Zealand's cervical cancer screening
programme is not properly monitored, and there are signs
oversight could be lacking due to public sector cuts, Labour
health spokeswoman Annette King says.
The Southern District Health Board will not meet national
targets for providing first specialist assessments or timely
surgery in its latest set of reports to the Ministry of
Health, hospital advisory papers show.
A funding wrangle between southern health institutions
believed to involve millions of dollars shows no sign of
being resolved more than two years after being referred to
the Ministry of Health's business unit.
The Southern District Health Board will only get out of its
''awful bind'' if it stops wasting money through
inefficiency, and then makes a case for serious investment,
intensive care clinical leader Mike Hunter says.