Story: Magazines and periodicals

Metro (1st of 2)


In 1987 Metro published an article which had a huge national impact. The story, by Phillida Bunkle and Sandra Coney, alleged that unethical research had been carried out on women patients at National Women's Hospital in Auckland. Leading researchers at the hospital had allowed some women with cervical lesions to go untreated to see if the lesions developed into invasive cancer. A few of these patients subsequently died. The government set up a judicial inquiry (known as the Cartwright Inquiry) to investigate the claims, and it found the allegations to be largely correct. This resulted in new measures to better protect patients' interests and rights.

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How to cite this page:

Ben Schrader, 'Magazines and periodicals - Specialist and lifestyle magazines: 1890s to 2010s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 22 Oct 2014, updated 1 Apr 2020