A pathologist wants a deadline for breast cancer pathology results extended after making a mistake in a diagnosis.
PathLab Waikato pathologist Ian Beer said a woman had a breast removed in December after he wrongly diagnosed her with cancer when her test results "imitated" those for breast cancer, the Herald on Sunday reported.
The newspaper has revealed in stories in recent weeks that three woman have had breasts removed after mistakenly being told they had breast cancer. One was in Otago and one was in Taupo.
Dr Beer, the New Zealand Society of Pathologists' president and former Waikato Hospital clinical director for anatomic pathology, said he was rushed when examining the woman's biopsy specimen.
He wants the Ministry of Health unit responsible for breast cancer screening to double its deadline for breast cancer diagnosis to 10 days from five.
The Ministry of Health is investigating the case.