Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Cervical Screening Laboratories Should Be Central

Cervical Screening Laboratories Should Be Centralised

Alliance Health spokesperson Phillida Bunkle said today there was an obvious solution to the current situation in which many public hospital laboratories will be unable to carry out cervical screening, because they do not meet the criteria for sufficient volume.

“The solution is a publicly owned national cytology laboratory which will have a concentration of expertise, ensuring standards are maintained.

“Such a laboratory would be able to take responsibility for the training of cytoscreeners which has been shown to be a serious problem in maintaining safe standards. The only training programme for cytoscreeners, which was established at the CIT, was dropped because private laboratories preferred to use cheaper, untrained staff. Only a properly organised national laboratory will ensure that all staff are trained to the appropriate standard and public money is not spent on fruitless, unaccountable, full profit laboratories which cut corners and endanger women’s health.

“A laboratory organised on a national scale would provide a career path for screeners. The lack of professional development of personnel has been a major problem in maintaining standards and developing education programmes.

“A national public cytology laboratory would not be tempted to cut corners to enhance profits, but would ensure the maintenance of a national programme to an appropriate standard of safety.

“Cytology slides are easily transport and such a laboratory need not be in one location but could have multiple branches which, organised into a national system could save the infrastructure of the programme.

“The loss of cytology will be a serious blow to the viability of many small hospital laboratories, whose services are kept afloat by the income from cervical screening,” said Ms Bunkle. “Public hospital laboratories have not been found to be any more below standard than privately owned laboratories.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM Announces Royal Commission Into Christchurch Attacks

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that there will be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into security agencies following the Christchurch terrorist attacks... The inquiry will look at what could or should have been done to prevent the attack, Ms Ardern said. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ridding The Net Of White Supremacist Propaganda

Although it won’t be a walk in the park, gun law reform will be an easier job than neutralising the Internet hate content that (a) recruited the Christchurch shooter, and (b) confirmed him in his beliefs. More>>

Friday: National Remembrance Service

A National Remembrance Service for the victims of the Christchurch mosques terrorist attack, and all those affected by it, will be held at 10am on Friday 29 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced. More>>

For the Latest: Scoop Search - Christchurch

Gordon Campbell: On The School Climate Strike

Locally, the school strike has won a ton of support for bringing climate change to the fore. Yet the strikers don't want mere expressions of support. They want action. More>>


"Grabbed And Struck In The Face": Greens Co-Leader Attacked While Walking To Work

Green Party co-leader James Shaw was the victim of an unprovoked attack when he was walking to work in Wellington. More>>


████████ ████ ███: Latest OIA Statistics Released

The latest statistics cover 110 agencies that collectively completed 18,106 official information requests between July and December 2018, a 16.4% increase on the 15,551 requests for the previous six months. More>>


'Hit And Run' Inquiry: New Legal Action Over Secrecy

The lawyer representing the Afghan villagers in the inquiry into Operation Burnham has launched legal proceedings calling for a judicial review in the investigation. More>>


From Hydro Plan To...: Mokihinui River Land To Join Kahurangi National Park

A total of 64,400 hectares of conservation land in the Mokihinui River catchment on the West Coast north of Westport, including 15 km of riverbed, is being added to Kahurangi National Park. “Adding this area, roughly half the size of Auckland City, to Kahurangi is the largest addition of land to an existing national park in New Zealand’s history,” Eugenie Sage said. More>>





InfoPages News Channels