MidCentral assessment rate praised by minister
Hospital specialists and staff at MidCentral District Health Board have been congratulated by Health Minister Tony Ryall for boosting the number of people receiving first specialist assessments.
Mr Ryall said an extra 2100 people received specialist care from the increase in specialist assessments carried out by surgical staff over the past four years.
A surgical first specialist assessment is where patients are referred to hospitals by GPs to be evaluated for surgery.
"This is a really positive achievement for patients, particularly when for much of the 2000s the number of New Zealanders getting these assessments was stagnant," he said. "Waiting lists around the country were so long back then around 30,000 patients were culled from lists, without seeing a specialist."
Mr Ryall said MidCentral District Health Board staff delivered 14,000 surgical first specialist assessments in the last financial year.
"Nationally, an average of 8000 more patients are receiving surgical specialist assessments each year compared to five years ago - we are seeing waiting times reduce and real access increase ahead of population growth," he said.
"MidCentral District Health Board has received around $77 million more in total funding under this Government, and staff have done a great job delivering extra services."
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