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Policy on requests from third party providers of pathology specimens for second opinion

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt made this Official Information request to Whanganui District Health Board

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear DHB,

I am a New Zealand citizen, which is demonstrated by the fact that the MoH has already confirmed my citizenship prior to responding to my OIA requests (or a google search of my name).

The Royal College of Pathologists Australasia has a policy titled "Provision of second opinions with particular reference to morphological examination", which addresses the best practice with regards to referral for second and subsequent opinion of pathology specimens.

Request 1:
I respectfully request your DHB's policy on second opinions requested by a third party who is a medical practitioner currently involved in the medical care of the patient from whom the pathological material was originally obtained.

Request 2:
In the event that your DHB deviates from the aforementioned RCPA policy, I request an explanation for why your DHB deviates from best practice.

Please note, my request does not reflect the standard of care provided at your DHB, but is to ascertain whether there is consistent adherence to RCPA best practice amongst all NZ DHBs.

Yours faithfully,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear Whanganui District Health Board,

This is a gentle reminder that I am still waiting for the information from my OIA request from 22 March 2020. Even though WhDHB has not provided any acknowledgment to my request, or a request for extension, as required under the OIA, I have been lenient due to COVID. However, now that COVID is no longer an issue in NZ, I trust that the information will be forthcoming by 4 July 2020.

A satisfying response, if accurate, would be: Whanganui DHB complies with the RCPA Policy: Provision of second opinions with particular reference to morphological examination.

This would take all of 30 seconds to complete.

Yours faithfully,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: Michelle Tattersall
Whanganui District Health Board

It has come to my attention that the Whanganui District Health Board link on the FYI website was incorrect and OIA requests have not been forwarded to our OIA administrator (currently me) for actioning.

This includes your request dated 29 June 2020.

I apologise that this issue was not picked up until. The problem has been fixed.

Can you please advise if you would like to reinstate your OIA request.

Regards
Anne Phoenix
OIA Administrator
[Whanganui DHB request email]

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