DHB meets new target

00:59, Jun 23 2013

Taranaki DHB is the first in the country to reach the goal of no patients waiting more than five months for their first assessment with a consultant or for treatment.

After receiving the May results, the Ministry of Health has congratulated the Taranaki DHB as being the first of the 20 DHBs to meet the elective surgery health target to see referred patients within five months.

Taranaki DHB chief operating officer Rosemary Clements said the target was reduced from a target of six months. "All DHBs are striving for the five-month wait time and it is rewarding for Taranaki to be first to achieve it.

"This means our patients that qualify to see a specialist will do so within five months and if they require surgery that will be done within five months too. This is an excellent result and it's great for our community.

"A lot of staff have worked very hard to ensure this target is met and to get there first in the country is a huge achievement."

The patients who do not meet the criteria are referred back to their GPs for followup care.

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