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

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

The request was successful.

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: Dinah Nicholas (CMDHB)
Counties Manukau District Health Board

Dear Amy
Thank you for your Official Information Act request, received today.

We are working on a decision and response for you, which will be sent as soon as practical however, the CM Health teams involved in providing material to respond are currently diverted by urgent operational priorities related to the COVID-19 response. We therefore estimate that responses will take longer to complete, and may not be within the 20 working day timeframe as per the Ombudsman's Guidance. We anticipate providing a response by 21 May 2020.

We will contact you if we have any queries with the request, or need to extend the timeframe for your response. In those cases, we will advise why the extension is necessary, and indicate when the response will be ready.

Please note that, like all DHBs across New Zealand, Counties Manukau DHB has begun a process of proactive disclosure, which means OIA responses will be publicly available via our website around 10 days after they have been released. Our response will advise if we intend to publish the response, (with personal information removed) and related documents on the CMDHB website. If you advise us of special reasons why proactive disclosure should not apply to your response, we will consider this.

Dinah Nicholas
Executive Assistant to Margie Apa - Chief Executive
Board Secretary
___________________________________________
T: +64 9 277 3401 I Ext: 53401 I M: 021 682 923 
[email address]
Room 13, Poutasi Corridor, Middlemore Hospital, Otahuhu
Middlemore Hospital, Private Bag 93311, Otahuhu, Auckland 1640
www: [email address]

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt [[FOI #12505 email]]
Sent: Sunday, 22 March 2020 4:31 a.m.
To: Communications (CMDHB)
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Policy on requests from third party providers of pathology specimens for second opinion

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: Dinah Nicholas (CMDHB)
Counties Manukau District Health Board


Attachment OIA 23032020 VAN DEY LOVATT Laboratory second opinions.pdf
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Dear Amy

Please find attached our final response to your request for Information.

 

Kind regards,

Dinah

 

Dinah Nicholas

Executive Assistant to Margie Apa - Chief Executive

Board Secretary

___________________________________________

T: +64 9 277 3401 I Ext: 53401 I M: 021 682 923 

[1][email address]

Room 13, Poutasi Corridor, Middlemore Hospital, Otahuhu

Middlemore Hospital, Private Bag 93311, Otahuhu, Auckland 1640

www: [2][email address]

_______________________________________

From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt
[[FOI #12505 email]]

Sent: Sunday, 22 March 2020 4:31 a.m.

To: Communications (CMDHB)

Subject: Freedom of Information request - Policy on requests from third
party providers of pathology specimens for second opinion

 

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 Dinah Nicholas (CMDHB),

I would like to thank you very much for your quick response to my OIA request. It really only required a couple of minutes to respond, provided the DHB actually complies with the professional standards. I am pleased to know CMDHB does.

Yours sincerely,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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