NZ Herald: Whistleblower calls it a day

Martin Johnston writes in the New Zealand Herald about Professor Ron Jones, the whistleblower whose 1984 article eventually led to the Cartwright Inquiry.

Professor Jones has been an active campaigner against the view that the Cartwright Inquiry’s findings were incorrect, and his influence has been important in New Zealand’s adoption of cervical screening.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Coney says Jones’ involvement in writing guidelines on the management of women with abnormal smear results was instrumental in turning general practice around on the value of cervical screening, after Green’s influence.

“”There had to be a complete mind-shift among the GPs. They looked for signs and symptoms of cancer and were not so worried about the precursors.”

“Coney also credits Jones with being a leader in the development of colposcopy – cervical examination through magnifying lenses.”