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More surgical assessments leading to more ops for MidCentral

Press Release from the Minister of Health

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18/08/2015
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more MidCentral patients are getting their First Surgical Assessment, and faster, compared to seven years ago.

​“As New Zealanders live longer lives, access to elective surgery is becoming more important than ever,” says Dr Coleman.

“That’s why speeding up patient’s access to First Surgical Assessments has been a priority for this Government.

“In the last financial year 14,981 MidCentral patients received a First Surgical Assessment, compared to 13,154 in 2008/2009. That’s an increase of 14 percent.”

In 2006 there were just over 15,150 patients nationwide waiting over six months for their First Specialist Assessment. Today there are just 21.

As a result of speeding up access to First Surgical Assessments more MidCentral patients are going on to get the operations they need.
In the last financial year 6,985 elective surgeries were carried out, compared to 4,782 in 2007/2008. That’s a 46 percent increase.

These improvements are supported by the $98 million funding increase MidCentral DHB has received over the last seven years. This includes $9 million in new money for this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $559 million for 2015/2016.

This funding increase is aided by the $400 million extra invested into health in Budget 2015. 

Media contact: Angela Kenealy 021 220 0129

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