Hundreds of New Zealanders missed out on potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening because of another problem with sending invitations.

Documents obtained by the Herald reveal the oversight meant another 333 New Zealanders weren’t invited for free screening.

Bowel Cancer NZ spokeswoman Mary Bradley said questions needed to be asked about why the ministry hadn’t been upfront with the public.

“You have to wonder what else they have not told us about … the review needs to be very thorough and transparent so that procedures are put in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again with other DHBs.”

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