Policy on requests from 3rd party providers

L Newcombe made this Official Information request to Waikato District Health Board

Waikato District Health Board did not have the information requested.

From: L Newcombe

Dear Waikato District Health Board,

Could I please request a copy of the policy regarding requests from third party providers for Pathology specimens for the purpose of seeking second opinions?

Yours faithfully,
L B

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From: Shona Pinny
Waikato District Health Board

Dear L Newcombe

 

I wish to acknowledge receipt to your request.  We aim to provide a
response to you within 20 working days.

 

Kind regards

Shona

 

Shona Pinny | Personal Assistant to Executive Director, Hospital and
Community Services | Waikato District Health Board | p +64 7 839 8697 | m
027 406 0165 | e [1][email address]

 

 

 

 

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From: Shona Pinny
Waikato District Health Board

Dear L Newcombe

 

Further to our acknowledgement of your OIA request dated 6 March,
regarding policy on requests from 3^rd party providers, the Waikato DHB
wishes to seek confirmation from you that you are eligible to make the
request under the Official Information Act.

 

Can you please confirm that you are eligible as one or more of the
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·         a New Zealand citizen

·         a permanent resident of NZ

·         a person who is in NZ

·         a body corporate (company or incorporated society)

·         a body corporate that has a place of business in NZ

 

Once we have received your confirmation of eligibility we will proceed to
finalise our response to your request.

 

Many thanks.  We look forward to your reply.

 

Shona Pinny | Personal Assistant to Executive Director, Hospital and
Community Services | Waikato District Health Board | p +64 7 839 8697 | m
027 406 0165 | e [1][email address]

 

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From: L Newcombe

Dear Shona Pinny,

I can confirm i am a New Zealand citizen and reside in New Zealand.

Yours sincerely,

L Newcombe

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From: Shona Pinny
Waikato District Health Board


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Dear L Newcombe

Please see attached response to your enquiry dated 6 March.

Kind regards
Shona

Shona Pinny | Personal Assistant to Executive Director, Hospital and Community Services | Waikato District Health Board | p +64 7 839 8697 | m 027 406 0165 | e [email address]

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Amy S Van Wey Lovatt left an annotation ()

The information provided by Waikato DHB is inaccurate. I received a letter dated 14 August 2019 which stated:

"Waikato DHB can make the slides and blocks themselves available to the Third Party Provider directly once a request is received from them. This will enable the integrity of the slides to be preserved, and for them to be retested. The Third Party would then return the slides and blocks to Waikato DHB once their testing was complete.

The slides and blocks can be provided directly to you; however this would void the integrity of these and prohibit any further testing."

I have a recorded phone conversation with the histology manager, Mrs Worrall, from December 2019 who also confirmed there are two policies. One for Third Party Providers for review of the tissue and one for returning tissue to the patient.

Counsel for Waikato DHB submitted to the NZ High Court, there is such a policy for requests for tissue by Third Party Providers to obtain a second opinion.

I highly recommend making a complaint to the Ombudsman. Alternatively, altering the wording to request a description of their standard practice for handling requests for tissue by Third Party Providers to obtain a second opinion. I would ask if their standard practice is consistent with the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia (RCPA) policy, Provision of second opinions with particular reference to morphological examination. The RCPA is the professional body which sets the standards for NZ/AUS pathologists. Also, you could ask if such a policy is required for IANZ accreditation. I would be surprised if it were not.

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