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Silvia Cartwright, an Auckland
District Court Judge was appointed by the then Minister of Health,
Michael Bassett in June 1987 to conduct an Inquiry into allegations
concerning the treatment of cervical cancer at National Women's
Hospital, and other related matters.
This was prompted by an article
written by Sandra Coney and Phillida Bunkle and published in the
June 1987 edition of Metro that revealed alarming details
of the treatment of women with precancerous abnormalities of the
cervix at the hospital.
The Report of the Committee of Inquiry
was released on 5 August 1988 and provided a detailed analysis of
the evidence presented to the Inquiry as well as the findings
Judge Cartwright concluded that there was a research programme
into the natural history of carcinoma in situ of the genital
For some women this had led to inadequate management of their
condition and had resulted in persisting disease, the development
of invasive cancer and, in some cases, death.
You can access a hard copy of the
Inquiry Report from your public library.
It is also available online at http://www.nsu.govt.nz/Current-NSU-Programmes/3233.aspx
HDC can provide electronic copies.
Email your request to email@example.com or
phone our freephone number 0800 11 22 33.
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