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Wellingtonians have to be sicker to get operations

Dr Jonathan Coleman
National Party Associate Health Spokesman

29 March 2006

Wellingtonians have to be sicker to get operations

Health bosses have admitted that Wellington residents have to be sicker than ever to get elective surgery, says National Party Associate Health spokesman Dr Jonathan Coleman.

In Parliament’s health select committee today, Capital and Coast DHB bosses conceded that the points needed to get operations in Wellington have increased, meaning that patients have to be sicker to get treatment.

Two years ago 30 points were required to get an ear, nose and throat (ENT) operation, whereas now 50 points are required; for a joint replacement 60 points were required two years ago, and now 77 points are required.

“Furthermore, in the 18 months to the end of 2005, the total number of people waiting to see a specialist at Capital and Coast DHB has doubled,” says Dr Coleman.

“Even worse, 34% of children requiring an operation have been waiting for more than six months after seeing a specialist.

“In Wellington you have to be sicker to get an operation and you have to wait longer for it,” says Dr Coleman.


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