The legacy of the landmark Cartwright Inquiry will be
examined at an event marking its 25th anniversary in Auckland
Emeritus Prof Charlotte Paul, one of three medical advisers
to Judge Silvia Cartwright, said when contacted she would
speak at the event about the cervical screening programme set
up in the wake of the inquiry.
The inquiry investigated the lack of conventional treatment
given to National Women's Hospital patients who had carcinoma
in situ of the cervix, from 1966 onwards.
New Zealand was late by international standards to set up the
screening programme, because of the resistance of Dr Herbert
Green and his colleagues at National Women's.
Screening now saved about 100 lives annually, Prof Paul said.
Prof Paul, who is now retired and living in Wellington, said
the philosophy of the healthcare system changed after
Cartwright, and patients were placed at its centre.
Institutions such as the Health and Disability Commissioner
were set up to protect patient rights and now played an
The Cartwright Report was released in August, 1988.