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45% more operations for Waikato patients

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says more Waikato DHB patients are receiving the elective surgeries they need compared to six years ago.

“Delivering more elective surgeries has been a priority for this Government,” says Dr Coleman.

Last year 15,190 Waikato patients received elective surgery, compared to 10,483 in 2008. That’s a 45 per cent increase.

“These improvements are a credit to the health professionals in Waikato,” says Dr Coleman.

“Over the last six years an extra 19,256 Waikato residents have benefited from elective surgery, compared to the level of surgeries completed under the previous Government.

“The latest health target results show Waikato DHB has continued to deliver a high number of elective surgeries, surpassing the 100 per cent target by 15 per cent.

“Waikato DHB’s funding has increased by $224 million over the last six years. This year’s funding, including the new money for elective surgery, will be announced in the budget.

“This Government inherited a wasteful and inefficient system which did not deliver what New Zealanders required.

“In contrast, we have set clear health targets and lifted elective surgeries nationwide by 35 per cent, from 122,838 in 2008, to 165,611 in 2014.”

Media contact: Angela Kenealy 021 220 0129

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