The Alliance want to see the inquiry into the cancer deaths connected to Gisborne pathologist, Dr Bottrill extended as a
matter of urgency, if part of a new government after Saturday, Alliance spokesperson of Health Phillida Bunkle said
It appears another woman died of cervical cancer as a result of mis-diagnosed smears by Dr Bottrill.
'Notes obtained by the GP of the woman suggest that she had an unusual number of smears in the 1980s, but these smears
appear to have been deleted by Dr Bottrill's laboratory.
'The repetition of smears at close intervals suggests that the woman's doctor was trying to identify the cause of
symptoms that already existed.
'Certainly when she visited Dr Oram, a specialist at Gisborne Hospital on 3.10.88 she already had many symptoms which
needed to be identified. After an Examination Under Anaesthetic at the hospital, it was revealed she had pre-invasive
cancer. But he was puzzled by the fact that her smears were being reported as normal.
'She eventually died of extensive grade 2A cancer of the cervix and vagina in 1996.
'The notes show a huge discrepancy between the severe symptoms and the normal smears which suggest that had she been
correctly diagnosed when she first developed symptoms she would have been saved an extremely painful and protracted
'The Alliance will seek to extend the Terms of Reference of the inquiry into the Gisborne Cervical Cancer Inquiry to
include Dr Bottrill's cancer pathology over his whole career, not just from 1991 when he acknowledges that he became
unwell. We must establish how many unnecessary deaths may have be accounted for when this tragic event in our nation's
history is all over,' said Phillida Bunkle.
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