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Changes okay but still compliance cost issues

Changes okay but still compliance cost issues

The College of GPs is generally supportive of changes made to the Health (Screening Programmes) Amendment Bill reported back to the House by the Health Select Committee yesterday.

College President Dr Jim Vause said the College had supported the report of Dr Euphemia McGoogan on the Cervical Screening Programme, and was pleased at the change to a more “systems and quality approach” to the screening programme.

Informed consent when a woman requested a smear, would now need to cover the consent for access to primary care records and raises “the problem of compliance costs,” Dr Vause said.

He reiterated that Dr McGoogan had commented that while the NCSP was putting a whole lot of resources into other areas, “the GP was getting the added workload and administrative hassle with no recompense for the additional activity.”

“For the sake of the screening program, we strongly support Dr McGoogan on this point,” Dr Vause said.

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