Key documents - National Bowel Screening Programme

Key documents held by the Ministry of Health relating to the implementation of the National Bowel Screening Programme will be made available here throughout the life of the programme.

Some information in the following documents has been withheld under one or more of the following sections of the Official Information Act:

  • 9(2)(a) to protect the privacy of natural persons
  • 9(2)(f)(iv) to maintain the constitutional conventions for the time being which protect the confidentiality of advice tendered by Ministers of the Crown and officials
  • 9(2)(j) to enable a Minister of the Crown or any department or organisation holding the information to carry on, without prejudice or disadvantage, negotiations
  • Out of scope.

If you have difficulty accessing these documents please contact us by email at: bowelcancerteam@moh.govt.nz


Ministry documents

Age Range and Positivity Threshold 

March 2017: This document sets out the age range and positivity threshold (the threshold which will trigger a positive test result) which have been set for the National Bowel Screening Programme, and explains the decision making processes and evidence behind them.

National Bowel Screening Programme Benefits Realisation Plan V1.0

April 2017: The Ministry has produced a benefits realisation plan for the National Bowel Screening Programme (NBSP) that lists the benefits of the NBSP, describes how the benefits will be measured and provides the dates of when the benefits will be measured. The NBSP Benefits Realisation Plan will help provide information to show the health outcomes for New Zealanders.

Programme Business Case & Tranche 1 Business Case National Bowel Screening Programme

August 2016: This Business Case was approved by Cabinet and sets out the justification, proposed approach, timing and cost of procuring a national bowel screening programme and also sets out the local context, proposed approach, timing and costs for the first implementation phase of the national bowel screening programme.


Health Reports

Cabinet Paper – National Bowel Screening Programme Progress

March 2017: A Health Report drafted by Ministry officials to Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health. This report provided a Cabinet paper to be signed and submitted to the Cabinet State Sector Reform and Expenditure Control Cabinet Committee (SEC) for their consideration on 22 March 2017.

Cabinet Paper - National Bowel Screening Programme Extension of Capital Contingency

February 2017: A Health Report drafted by Ministry officials to Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health. This report provided a Cabinet paper to be signed and submitted to the Cabinet State Sector Reform and Expenditure Control Cabinet Committee (SEC) for their consideration on 8 February 2017.

Key points Cabinet Paper - Bowel Screening in New Zealand - Next Steps

August 2016: A Health Report drafted by Ministry Officials to Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health. This report provided a Cabinet paper to be signed and submitted to the Cabinet Sate Sector Reform and Expenditure Control Cabinet Committee (SEC) for their consideration on 24 August 2016.

Progress towards a National Bowel Screening Programme for New Zealand

November 2015: A Health Report drafted by Ministry Officials to Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health. This report provided a Cabinet paper on consultation on a national bowel screening programme to be signed and submitted to the Cabinet Social Policy Committee for their consideration on 2 December 2015.


Cabinet Papers

National Bowel Screening Programme Progress

March 2017: A Cabinet paper presented by Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health presented to Cabinet Sate Sector Reform and Expenditure Control Cabinet Committee (SEC) for their consideration on 22 March 2017. This paper provided a progress update on implementing the National Bowel Screening Programme and sought approval to extend the development of the national information technology solution for up to a year.

National Bowel Screening Programme Extension of Capital Contingency

February 2017: A Cabinet paper presented by Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health presented to Cabinet Sate Sector Reform and Expenditure Control Cabinet Committee (SEC) for their consideration on 8 February 2017. This paper sought approval to extend the Budget 2016 capital contingency until February 2018.

Cabinet Paper: Bowel Screening in New Zealand - Next Steps

August 2016: A Cabinet Paper presented by Hon Dr Jonanthan Coleman, Minister of Health to the Cabinet Sate Sector Reform and Expenditure Control Cabinet Committee (SEC) for their consideration on 24 August 2016. This paper sought committee approval of the Business Case for a national bowel screening programme and the time frames required for a full national roll-out.

Progress towards a national bowel screening programme for New Zealand

November 2015: A Cabinet Paper presented by Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health to the Cabinet Social Policy Committee for their consideration on 2 December 2015. This paper asked the Committee to note the outcomes of health sector consultation on a national bowel screening programme and the Ministry of Health is preparing a business case which will be submitted to Ministers in February 2016 as part of final Budget 2016 considerations.


Cabinet minutes

National Bowel Screening Programme Extension of Capital Contingency

February 2017: A copy of the Cabinet Social Policy Committee (SOC) Minute dated 8 February 2017 approving Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health request to extend the Budget 2016 capital contingency until February 2018.

National Bowel Screening Programme Progress

March 2016: A copy of the Cabinet Minute

Budget Initiative Summary Template: National Bowel Screening Programme

October 2015: Public Sector Agencies are required to complete Budget Initiative Summary Templates as part of Budget process for the Treasury. This document is a high level summary of of the National Bowel Screening Programme initiative included in Budget 2016.

Cost Benefit Analysis Template: National Bowel Screening Programme

October 2015: Public Sector Agencies are required to complete Cost Benefit Analysis Templates as part of the Budget process for the Treasury. This document organises key information in a logical and methodical way. A Cost Benefit Analysis measures the impact of a decision on the public at large.

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