Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Increased mobility for more New Zealanders

Increased mobility for more New Zealanders

Orthopaedic staff exceeded their targets to deliver more major hip and knee operations during the first year of a new Orthopaedic Initiative


Orthopaedic staff exceeded their targets to deliver more major hip and knee operations during the first year of a new Orthopaedic Initiative, Health Minister Pete Hodgson announced today.

Pete Hodgson says the project, costing $30 million in its first year (to June 2005), resulted in more operations than planned thanks to the dedication and skill of staff working on the project.

The project is a special effort to improve quality of life, by relieving pain and restoring independence. It particularly benefits older New Zealanders who wish to remain mobile and active.

"I am very pleased that boards, surgeons, nurses and other hospital staff have got behind the programme so enthusiastically," Pete Hodgson said.

"The four year project will ultimately make a huge difference to the lives of another 4650 New Zealanders each year. In the first year they aimed for an extra 1890 operations, and surpassed it. During 2005/06 they will perform another 1000 joint operations on top of last year's figure."

Staff completed a total of 7140 major joint operations, which exceeded the already increased target of 6643 operations. The total includes 142 procedures where individuals had two joints operated on at the same time.

"Not only is the initiative delivering more high quality health services to the public it is also providing funds to allow Orthopaedic nurses to expand their specific skills through relevant post graduate courses or attendance at conferences. "

The project, to cost up to an extra $70 million a year when fully implemented in 2007/08, is designed to double the number of major joint operations currently performed.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election