12 Apr 2023

HDC report criticises southern cancer patient treatment

From Morning Report, 7:26 am on 12 April 2023

The Health and Disability Commission has released a highly critical report on the treatment of cancer patients in the Southern district.

The investigation found some cancer patients in Otago and Southland were told they had to wait longer to see a cancer specialist than they had time to live.

The commission launched the investigation after complaints from patient advocates.

Ingrid Hipkiss spoke with Health and Disability Commissioner Morag McDowell.