Number of breast cancer papients waiting for reconstruction or symmetry after surgery

Lemm made this Official Information request to Hawke's Bay District Health Board

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From: Lemm

Dear Hawke's Bay District Health Board,

I would like to request the district health board minutes and documents dating back as far as 2012 please..

I would also like to request information on How many women are waiting on post mastectomy reconstruction.? Apparently women who have reconstruction at the time of mastectomy are ok, but those for very valid reasons are not able to, have to wait indefinitely and are less likely to go on a waiting list.

Hospital waiting lists will not reflect the real numbers. As when I wrote the MOH they stated in their letter that they did not hold this information.

How many women are waiting for prophylactic contralateral mastectomy?

How many women are waiting for breast reduction for symmetry following a trans flap mastectomy or other preference of reconstruction?

Only the surgeons will know this information and it should be recorded to the MOH each year at present this information is not. General Practice doctors are not the ones that should report this information. It should be the responsibility of surgeons to record this data and send it to the MOH.

Yours faithfully,

Evelyn Lemm
14 Chaucer Road South
Hospital Hill

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