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Wait list for colonoscopies more than doubles since bowel screening starts

Wait list for colonoscopies more than doubles since bowel screening starts

Nearly 450 Cantabrians are waiting longer than the maximum recommended time for a colonoscopy as the roll-out of a national bowel cancer screening programme increases pressure on services.

A report released this month shows the number of people waiting longer than three months for a “non-urgent” or “surveillance” colonoscopy in Canterbury had risen 124 per cent – from 200 to 458 – in just five months.

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) does not have enough space to provide the required number of procedures after joining the national bowel screening programme in November.

But this month it abandoned a 17-month-long process to secure a central city site from external parties.

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