PROSTABLOG NZ: The ideological debate about prostate cancer screening hasn’t moved along much in New Zealand over the past few years.
I’m judging this from an anecdote a guest speaker at my journalism course told students this week.
An experienced journalist, she said a few years ago she was writing a piece for NZ Listener magazine about PSA screening, and the Ministry of Health would speak to her only on the condition they got to see the resulting article prior to publication.
That usually causes journalists to feel apprehensive, and in this case her fears were realised.
The Ministry people hit the roof over what she wrote (basically, that all men over 50 should be urged to get PSA tests), and made this plain to her editor.
Judging by what I heard from the Ministry team at the Health Select Committee hearing into prostate cancer screening late last year, the official view is still the same: PSA bad.
Speaking of which – I wonder when we’re going to hear anything further from the committee?
Chairman Paul Hutchison made the MOH people promise to deliver their final views last November.
Are there more hearings?
When will we see the results?