18 July 2001
in implementing Gisborne recommendations
Health Minister Annette
King says work is in progress on 36 of the 46 recommendations of the Gisborne
Cervical Screening Inquiry Report, and another nine recommendations have
Mrs King today released
the third monthly report updating progress on implementing the recommendations.
"When the Inquiry report was released at a public meeting in Gisborne
on April 10, I asked the Ministry of Health to provide monthly reports
charting progress on implementing the recommendations."
Mrs King said progress
had been made in a number of areas in the past month, including:
1 July 2001 all district health boards (DHBs) and community laboratories
were required to meet the National Cervical Screening Programme Policy
and Quality Standards.
legal review of NCSP Policy and Quality Standards, Evaluation and Monitoring
Plan, and Contract Agreements has commenced.
Public submissions continue to be received in response to proposed
law changes supporting the audit of the National Cervical Screening programme,
meeting a key recommendation of the Inquiry Report.
A project plan has been developed for the review of the Kaitiaki
Regulations and work continues on scoping the process for review and consultation.
The Cancer Audit project is progressing well and meeting key milestones.
The project team is seeking a cancer epidemiology group from New Zealand
or Australia to undertake the audit.
The Workforce Development Project is meeting key milestones and
a first draft of the Research Report has been submitted to the National
Screening Unit for review. Discussions continue between Ministry
Project Team members with screening and education providers, and information
on the available workforce and current training has been gathered.
calling for nominations to the National Ethics Committee have been placed.
The National Committee will provide guidance to ethics committees in line
with recommendations from the Inquiry.
Mrs King said
she was pleased the Ministry was continuing to make progress with implementing
the recommendations, and she believed women could continue to feel confidence
"that the lessons from Gisborne are being learned".
For more information contact:
Tel: 04 471 9305
Here is a link
to the report (PDF, 37 kB).