6 Apr 2023

Christchurch surgeon speaks out on cancer patients' long waits

From Checkpoint, 5:17 pm on 6 April 2023

A Christchurch surgeon's speaking out about long waits for cancer patients despite allegations his employer is trying to muzzle staff.

Colorectal surgeon Chris Wakeman says some of his patients have waited close to a year for stomach operations that would complete their recoveries from cancer treatment.

And others are being forced to go private for reconstruction surgeries because resources are so tight in the public system.

Surgeon Chris Wakeman talks to Lisa Owen.