19 February 2003
Parliamentary Officer (Committee Support)
19 February 2003
Media release – Health Committee
Health (Screening Programmes) Amendment Bill
The Health Committee is inviting public submissions on the Health (Screening Programmes) Amendment Bill. The closing
date for submissions is 11 April 2003.
The Health (Screening Programmes) Amendment Bill will implement several key recommendations from the Ministerial Inquiry
into the Under-Reporting of Cervical Smear Abnormalities in the Gisborne Region (April 2001), which sought changes to
section 74A of the Health Act 1956.
The bill aims to:
- streamline and clarify how the National Cervical Screening Programme works and what its objectives are - enabling more
direct communication between smear-takers, women, and the manager of the programme; and
- make it possible to review the safety and effectiveness of the screening programme - by providing evaluators with
access to key information to carry out evaluations.
Copies of the bill can be purchased from Bennetts Government Bookshops, or viewed online at www.moh.govt.nz.
The committee requires 25 copies of each submission. Those wishing to include any information of a private or personal
nature in a submission should first discuss this with the clerk of the committee, as submissions are usually released to
the public by the committee. Those wishing to appear before the committee to speak to their submissions should state
this clearly and provide a daytime telephone contact number. For further guidance on making a submission, our
publication Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee can be found on our web site at
Submissions should be addressed as follows:
Health Committee Secretariat