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Health targets improve outcomes in Northland

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Health

22 August 2017

Health targets improve outcomes in Northland

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show that Northland DHB is making good progress.

“Under this Government the six national health targets have helped to drive improvement in performance across the health system,” says Dr Coleman.

“These publically reported targets make a real difference to the quality of care in the health system and have saved lives.

“The latest health target results for April to June 2017 show that Northland DHB continues to perform well, but there’s always more to do.

“The latest health targets show that Northland DHB is close to achieving the Shorter Stays in EDs Target, with 94 per cent of patients admitted, discharged or transferred from DHB EDs within six hours.

“Recent New Zealand research found that this target is saving lives, with around 700 fewer deaths than predicted in 2012 if pre-target trends continue.

“Nationally the Improved Access to Elective Surgery Target of 100 per cent was again achieved, this time surpassed by six per cent. Northland DHB achieved 123 per cent which is well above the target and the national average.

“Northland DHB also met the Raising Healthy Kids Target, improving from 83 per cent in the quarter 3 results to 95 per cent in quarter 4, which is an increase of almost 12 per cent.

“Further work is needed however, on the Faster Cancer Treatment, theIncreased Immunisation for eight-month olds and the Better Help for Smokers to Quit targets.

“I’d like to acknowledge all the health professionals in Northland for their continued hard work to improve key health services for New Zealanders.”

These results are supported by the $190 million funding increase Northland DHB has received over the last nine years. Northland DHB received an extra $36 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $616 million for 2017/18.

Overall an extra $888 million has been invested into the health sector this year taking the health budget to a record $16.8 billion in 2017/16.

The results for quarter 4 2016/17 can be found at:http://www.health.govt.nz/new-zealand-health-system/health-targets


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