We are concerned that New Zealander’s are being denied public colonoscopies, despite it taking more blood in the sample to trigger a positive result using the Bowel Screen Aotearoa pharmacy kits than that required to prompt referral for a colonoscopy in the national screening programme.

We believe people who return positive tests after using pharmacy bowel screening kits should be able to get direct access to publicly funded colonoscopies through their general practitioners.

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