Nurses push ahead with endoscopies

A controversial nurse endoscopy scheme will forge ahead, despite public opposition from Australia’s peak gastroenterology body.

Under the scheme, trained nurse endoscopists perform colonoscopies, flexible sigmoidoscopies and upper GI endoscopies as part of a multidisciplinary team, after completing a training program partially funded by Queensland Health.

Earlier this year, the Gastroenterology Society of Australia (GESA) called for funding for nurse endoscopy to be