PHO hits targets, lifts funds

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 12:20 28/02/2014

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Marlborough Primary Health Organisation's finances are looking rosier after hitting a string of key health targets.

The PHO attained all but one practice performance programme target for GPs.

Chief executive Beth Tester told a meeting of their board that performance had improved by December 2013 and the next round of indicators in March would show a further improvement.

"We have met all the indicators for local funding but we have some work to do on national targets. I am really encouraged, everyone has worked really hard," she said.

Performance figures to December 31 last year show particular headway had been made in heart disease detection and age appropriate vaccinations for 2-year-old high needs patients, 8-month-old high needs patients and breast screening.

Mrs Tester said hitting targets had "helped the bottom line" of the organisation.

"As a result of meeting practice performance programme targets we received $200,000. Previously we got only $12,000 a year."

From July 2013 to January this year the organisation received a net income of $380,066.77, financial figures show.

Some of the surplus cash would go back to the GP practices who did the hard work, she said.

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- The Marlborough Express

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