CHRIS SKELTON/STUFF Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern discusses the Covid-19 vaccine roll out. Wellington's housing crisis has claimed its latest victim: the capital's fledgling bowel screening programme. Five nurses have quit the scheme, set up six weeks ago as part of the nationwide National Bowel Screening programme. That is nearly half the 11-member team a loss Capital and Coast District Health Board blamed on the region's housing crisis and high cost of living. "We are not able to definitively say why these five nurses have resigned, however we are aware that the cost of living in Wellington – including house and rent prices – has been a contributing factor," director of Provider Services Joy Farley said. Nearly all district health boards have joined the scheme, which has been rolled out from 2017 to help better detect bowel cancer. New Zealand had one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world, and it was the second-highest cause of cancer death. Around 3200 people were diagnosed every year, 1200 of whom will die from bowel cancer. READ MORE: A woman was asked to change her own pad hours after surgery. Where’s the $35m maternity plan? Midwife shortage and… Read full this story
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