The Health Minister has delivered an apology and a new set of recommendations to strengthen the rollout of the national bowel cancer screening programme.

It comes after a disaster setback that saw thousands of patients in the Waitemata District Health Board (DHB) area not receive invitations for a screening test, and revelations some had developed bowel cancer, undetected at the early stages, as a result.

Health Minister David Clark said the findings of a review panel would help ensure the programme was both safe and effective.

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