Waikato | Scoop News
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show that DHBs continue to perform well and remain close to achieving a number of targets.
“The health targets drive performance across the health system, ensuring that New Zealanders get better access to key health services,” says Dr Coleman.
“The latest health target results for July to September 2016 are a credit to our hardworking health workforce in Waikato.
“The improved access to elective surgery target has again been achieved, Waikato DHB surpassed the target by eight per cent.
“Delivering more elective surgery remains a key Government priority – the answer to increased demand is to do more.
“Further work is need however on some targets – shorter stays in ED, faster cancer treatment, increased immunisation of eight month olds, and better help for smokers to quit.
“This is the first time that the new Raising Healthy Kids target has been reported – the national result was 49 per cent.
“DHB results are expected to improve considerably each quarter as referral processes are fully implemented.
“The target is a key part of the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan. Obesity is a serious issue threatening the health of young Kiwis, which means some of our kids could end up living shorter lives than their parents.”
Under the target, the aim is that by December 2017, 95 per cent of children identified as obese in the B4 School Check are offered a referral to an appropriate health professional for follow-up and family based nutrition, activity and lifestyle interventions.
These results are supported by the $351 million funding increase Waikato DHB has received over the last eight years. Waikato DHB will receive an extra $55 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $1.18 billion for 2016/17.
The results for Quarter One 2016/17 (July-September 2016) can be found at: www.health.govt.nz