Cash boost helps surgery wait­ing lists

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Car­diac surgery will hap­pen for 99 Auck­lan­ders as quickly as pos­si­ble af­ter the health board re­ceived more fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment.

The Auck­land District Health Board has ob­tained an ad­di­tional $5 mil­lion, en­abling Auck­land Hos­pi­tal and pri­vate hos­pi­tals to per­form more surg­eries.

Min­is­ter of Health Tony Ryall says that rather than sit back and let a sit­u­a­tion de­velop, the gov­ern­ment has taken ac­tion.

“The gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated the ex­tra fund­ing to pro­vide op­er­a­tions for th­ese pa­tients as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

Health board chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer David Sage says it is very happy with the ex­tra money be­cause it will al­low pa­tients who have been wait­ing to have surgery get it done within the next four months.

“This fund­ing will mean by Oc­to­ber no one will need to wait longer than three months for their car­diac surgery,” says Dr Sage.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.