The Southern District Health Board will not renew its contract with with the National Breast Screening Unit.
The board has told the unit it will not be seeking a renewed contract from July next year.
"The National Breast Screening Unit will be tendering the service to a new provider and we will work with them during the next nine months to ensure a smooth transition with no interruption of service to Southern women," executive director of patient services Lexie O'Shea said.
"Southern DHB has the smallest breast screen service in New Zealand and it has been difficult to recruit breast screen radiologists," Ms O'Shea said.
"Consequently, the service relies on support from other DHBs. This support was short term and will not be able to be sustained by those DHBs past June next year.
"Without that continued support the service would be difficult to provide and we believe that allowing the National Breast Screening Unit to find a new provider was the best option for ensuring that a quality service continues to be provided locally.
"We have dedicated hard working staff in this service and we will be supporting them through the change process."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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