To the Editor: The recent editorial by Macrae1 outlined the potential issues facing the rollout of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program. It is estimated there will be about 5000 additional colonoscopies performed in New South Wales in the first year.2 To ascertain how the NSW public health system might absorb this increased demand, the Greater Metropolitan Clinical Taskforce (GMCT) Gastroenterology Network conducted a survey in 2006, featuring structured interviews with clinicians. Our aims were to estimate the current capacity of NSW public hospitals to perform colonoscopies and to identify perceived impediments to meeting future demand.
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