The Government has acknowledged the "outstanding performance" by the Taranaki District Health Board in meeting elective surgery targets.
Last year, Taranaki had 336 patients waiting longer than six months for either a specialist's appointment to assess whether or not they needed treatment, or for the operation itself.
This year they had no-one waiting longer than six months, New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young said.
Mr Young presented staff at Taranaki Base Hospital with a certificate from Health Minister Tony Ryall recognising its outstanding performance.
"I'd like to personally thank our theatre teams and staff for their hard work and dedication in improving health services for the people of Taranaki," Mr Young said.
"This is a remarkable achievement."
Huge credit was due to the staff for their strong focus on improving frontline services, he said.
Mr Young said nationally 17 out of 20 DHBs had reduced their waiting times to zero for patients waiting more than six months for surgical appointments.
An extra 7500 patients across the country received elective surgery in the last 12 months, which meant 153,000 people got the operations they needed.
The number of Taranaki people waiting for surgery was reduced by 839 in 2011-12 because of the provision of additional surgery during this period, Mr Young said.
However, the Government's concentration on reducing waiting times for those who made the elective surgery lists has recently been met with criticism from other political parties and health groups.
They say the shorter waits come at a cost for health prevention and other health services.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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