Health minister Tony RyallFriday 17 August 2012, 11:36AM
Media release from health minister Tony Ryall
Health Minister Tony Ryall today congratulated MidCentral District
Health Board (DHB) staff for achieving major reductions in waiting
times for elective surgery.
Mr Ryall and Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie today presented staff at
the DHB with a certificate recognising their 'outstanding
performance' in achieving no patients waiting over six months for
Mr Ryall said that at the end of June 2011, 438 MidCentral DHB
patients were 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," Mr
"This is an impressive achievement, and it's very good for
patients. Prompter treatment improves recovery and gets patients
back to normal life sooner.''
Mr McKelvie said huge credit should go to MidCentral doctors,
nurses and staff for their strong focus on improving frontline
services for patients.
"We owe our thanks to our theatre teams and staff for their hard
work and dedication towards improving health services for the
people of MidCentral," Mr McKelvie said.
Mr Ryall said that the national achievement was just as good.
"17 out of 20 DHBs have reduced their waiting times to zero
patients waiting over six months for surgical appointments.
"This is remarkable, because over ten years ago there were around
45,000 people waiting over six months for a surgical
appointment. Now, excluding Canterbury DHB, there are
"This is also the fourth year of record increases in the number of
elective operations under National. An extra 7,500 patients across
the country received elective surgery in the last 12 months,
meaning 153,000 people got the operations they needed.
"MidCentral DHB should also be congratulated for exceeding their
elective surgeries target in 2011/12. The DHB provided 6,257
elective surgeries, 329 or six per cent ahead of their plan."