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David Clark, minister of Health needs to get involved in the Southland DHB and their decision to get yet another report on their appalling cancer treatment record.

Lives could be lost to bowel cancer, if the Southern District Health Board doesn’t act immediately on a damning report released last week.

The DHB intends to commission a further report, but experts in bowel cancer are shocked at the decision, saying it’s playing for time and inexcusable to continue denying people tests they desperately need.

Dawn Birse, 67, was denied a publicly funded colonoscopy by the southern DHB despite five urgent requests from her GP after almost five years of acute illness.

So she was forced to pay for the diagnoses herself.

“We just decided we needed to go private because I knew something wasn’t right and I was starting to get upset about all the bleeding that was happening because it wasn’t normal,” she says.

Subsequently an 18cm tumour was found and had to be removed urgently.

Statistics gathered by Dr Phil Bagshaw in his damning report show the region has the highest rates of bowel cancer in the country but the lowest rates of colonoscopies.

“They’ve lost the battle against bowel cancer, there’s no question about that. The most worrying finding is we saw a lot of very advanced disease,” he says.

The Southern DHB said in a statement ensuring the most appropriate people receive a colonoscopy at the right time is of critical importance, and concerns about the management of some cases has led to them to commission a review.

But Dr Bagshaw says they are just playing for time. Bowel Cancer NZ spokesperson and colorectal surgeon Frank Frizelle is concerned a second review could take a year to complete.

“Surely when you’ve got complaints from patients you’ve got complaints from medical staff and you’ve got a report to say you’ve got a problem – you just might take it seriously and do something about it,” he says.

Mrs Birse, who is paying off the $4,000 she paid for her lifesaving colonoscopy, says she is living proof there needs to be immediate action.

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/calls-southern-district-health-board-act-immediately-after-denies-bowel-cancer-tests-patients

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  1. Yes useless.
    Twyford – MKII
    I heard him on the radio six months ago
    “We have a cancer plan” We are working on it and will release it when its ready.

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    • Oh wow yet another report, why? Wasn’t the last one good enough? COL the fixer of this age??? Not under my radar. They are the most useless government ever. This is such serious information and the hospitals inability to care for the people everywhere in NZ. All this money to get the provinces moving etc where has it gone??? They are bringing new refugees, family reunification, etc etc in, when we can’t even look after the ones we have.

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    • If you look at twitford and the Rev. clark side by side, you would swear they were related. Which might help explain why they are incapable. However, we must remember both are in ministerial capacities where neither is qualified or experienced to work. Clark a Phd in divinity and an ordained minister and Twitford a degree in history and a fundraiser for Oxfam. Does anybody see health, transport or housing in that?

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    • Right DigNap15 funny to watch in OQT where his true calling is constantly on display. Every response is more like a repetitious sermon than an answer. Or the the alternative of party political broadcast for supplementary questions he is stumped by.

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  2. Clueless Coalition Ministers? such a target rich environment, after Curran ,it has been a succession of cretins saying “hold my beer”.
    It is going to take more than 9 years to recover from the damage this mob have caused and then we will end up doing it all again, it is the Kiwi way.
    3 steps forward under National, 4 steps back after every Labour infestation, rinse and repeat.

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  3. If you live in Southland and have lost a loved one to bowel cancer you’d want someone charged with negligence wouldn’t you?

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  4. To be fair – National were dealing with the biggest financial crisis since 1929.
    Did you want them to cut super and benefits to give more to health and education?
    How much of the National pie do you want to be spent on Health?
    10% 20%, 30% 40%

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      • I know of one senior public servant that was culled by redundancy when National announced they were cutting public servant numbers. He, being above doing anything else had not looked for another job for the 6 months since redundancy. Meanwhile his old department discovered nobody else knew the departmental regulations like him. Short stints back in his old office to train new appointees turned into full time work and then a permanent appointment back in the same job he was made redundant from. Now well past 65 they can’t get rid of him. You couldn’t make this nonsense up.

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    • Look after which sick
      The ones who do drugs
      The ones who drunkenly crash their cars
      The ones who smoked all their life even though we knew it was bad as long ago as the 60’s?
      The ones who start fights
      The ones who get obese and then need special chairs and tables?
      The ones with a disease that only 1 in 10 million people get that needs drugs that cost 10,000 a week?
      Health is a bottomless pit

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      • Smokers disgust me. It’s a filthy habit however they pay for their future health issues when they purchase a packet. The tax on fags is huge. So, where does all that tax actually go? Treaty settlements? DPB? Shane Jones?

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  5. It’s simple, there is no budget for the roll out. The COL are pushing EVERYTHING down the road. It would be cheaper to give patients the colonoscopies and remove any small pre-cancerous growths early on than the costly cancer treatment, but in the words of Angry ‘there will be collateral damage. The COL are not going to achieve anything of value to the average kiwi in the next year – ‘the year of delivery’ was more smoke and mirrors from the lying COL. You are all correct, WORST GOVERNMENT EVER!

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    • Three long years of neglect are going to take a while to fix.
      For some bowel cancer patients in Southland it can’t be fixed.

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    • Credit where credit is due. The “targeted system” that Sir Bill English was applying was starting to make a difference. I believe he had a slightly “softer” stance than Sir John Key.

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  6. I’m not sure you are correct.
    A number of DHBs were ahead of targets for surgical procedures, but Clarke has now abolished targets so we’ll never know about this lot. They’ve hiked the wage bill massively so there will inevitably be cuts in service delivery.
    However on the matter of waste in the public service you’ll get no argument from me.
    For a start, we could try expecting managers to live where they work and stop flying them all over the country to commute to the office.

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      • Ok then.. let’s replace” link ” with evidence.

        “It is however widely reported” Where? Stuff? The Hoorald? Barely Sober?

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        • Well, you state something about National falsifying the figures and then tell me to ask a public servant or a copper about it. Then you hit the abuse button! But you don’t have anything to support your allegation, Rodney.

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          • No, not at all my friend. I asked you a simple question.
            I have never worked in the public service. I don’t even live in Aotearoa, formerly New Zealand anymore. I am watching the slow death of my country, as I used to know it, from afar.

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  7. Most useless Labour Minister? (Apart from the Part time PM of course!)
    Sepuloni isn’t real flash….She doesn’t even know what the CPI is!…

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  8. Who do you think are worthy and who decides? Rich National voters and businessmen?

    Those people above all have private medical insurance, guaranteed. And I am paying double because I see a GP once a year, maybe, but for any real care I'd like to be seen immediately and not put on a 6 year waiting list.

    Health is a bottomless pit funding to the sickest person in the group. This is an inefficient system. I wonder if we could restructure the whole system to be better.

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    • Why can’t people afford it? The very, very simple answer is: Because they got a lot of compassion from their government.

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    • I would have figured you for smart enough to figure out I’m an ACT supporter by now. And no, he hasn’t hurt my feelings.

      He’s a bit of a retard arguing for a bigger government and more state expenditure and putting more burden on the rest of us, because all his wishes will do is make the current problems of more and more state dependency bigger and worse. Eventually you’ll have a full blown communist state in the name of “compassion”.

      Me, I don’t give a toss for most other people who do not and will not help themselves. New Zealand provides more than enough opportunity to pick yourself up by your bootstraps. But it’s the faux “compassion” and the “let me pay for your problems” mentality that stop them.

      Why work when Kea will give you money so you don’t have to?

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      • You really a really are a fuckwit – I said the current system isn’t efficient and we can look for a better one. That isn’t a system spending on consultants. Of course, if you weren’t such a triggered shithead – just look at how you react to Mike asking you for something to support your statements – you’d bother to read and ask and understand.

        And no, I don’t give a toss to pay for your problems. You want to smoke? Cover that cost yourself. You want to drink yourself to death? Go for it, but not on my dime. That is your own fucking responsibility. You are a fully grown, mature adult. Take care of yourself and take some responsiblity instead of being a useless, let’s spend more on everything wanker.

        There are vulnerable people our system could be targeting and helping, instead of being a blanket fund everything and everyone.

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      • Surgery.
        I support ACT’s policy.
        If you don’t get the op done in 6mnths, it gets done in private and the state pays…

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  9. Didn’t the rugger do well!
    Do you think they will play that ad on telly about the all black supporter any more?

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  10. Imho the COL minsters fall into 2 categories
    The evil ones – the ones that want to change our way of life – like Genter and Little and Shaw
    And the incompetent ones who stuff their own polices up like Twyford, Clark and Hipkins, Davis

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  11. @Kea, you could throw the entire GDP of NZ at health and you would still be facing a shortfall.

    The system as it stands now, where all we do year on year is increase the funding without looking to whether that funding is well spent, whether the people using the funding is doing so in a sensible, sustainable way – is not working.

    There are people out there who do themselves deliberate harm. They, as adults, make informed choices that end up costing our health system a fortune. I don’t believe that should be covered under the health system, no. Not the public system.

    The public system should be there to cover those people who cannot help themselves. It should be there for the massive, ludicrous expenses like $10,000 per week cancer treatments that are beyond the reach of normal people.

    Why should me, making good choices in my life, be penalized for you making bad choices in yours? It is the exact same argument as levied against the lifetime beneficiaries. The recipient of that welfare gets to live a life as they choose, expecting other people to pick up the tab for them.

    If you want to smoke, go ahead. If you want to use meth, go ahead. If you want to mainline heroin, snort coke off a hookers ass and drink a barrel of vodka every day, again, go ahead. I fully support your right to do so, but I am not prepared to pay for you to do so.

    I do not want the public health system to be spending money to pump drunken students stomachs week after week. I want it to help people like Dawn Birse instead.

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  12. There are 6-7 people at MOH dealing with Radiation treatment of Cancer.
    There are 6 main centres in the country, (now to be 9).
    Who do you think have been driving this Plan.
    Not the Minister.
    Ask the 6 heads of department how many times they’ve met him?
    They get together at Wellington Airport 4-5 x a year.

    Finally, they are getting the machines they have been driving for.
    The DHB’s are the cnts.
    They dick around with the money from MOH and their own people to sort their immediate cash flow problems.
    After all the business cases are done (by very busy people) the MOH and DHB dick around and then call for it to be repeated a couple of years later.
    Those 5 “new” machines are just for machines that were going to be replaced anyway.
    The 2 “new” machines at Hawkes Bay and Taranaki are being taken from Palmerston North.
    So this isn’t New at all.
    The good thing about it is Labour have committed to it so the DHB’s can’t fck it up.
    err…. don’t hold your breath.
    Oh this was the same with National and Annette King before them.
    The DHB’s aren’t resourced properly.

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