Auck­land health board hits all its health tar­gets

Central Leader - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

The Auck­land Dis­trict Health Board has hit all of its tar­gets for the first time since the sys­tem was put in place by the Govern­ment in 2009.

The national per­for­mance mea­sures re­flect pub­lic and govern­ment pri­or­i­ties for New Zealand health­care.

The 2012-2013 year re­sults were pub­lished by the Min­istry of Health on Tues­day.

Re­sults show the board is now pro­cess­ing 95 per cent of emer­gency depart­ment pa­tients within six hours.

It dis­charged more than 4000 elec­tive surgery pa­tients in the last year and ev­ery can­cer pa­tient who was ready for treat­ment started re­ceiv­ing it in less than four weeks.

It also met its tar­get of in­creased im­mu­ni­sa­tion by pro­vid­ing the pri­mary course of im­mu­ni­sa­tion for more than 85 per cent of 8-month-old chil­dren on time.

Auck­land topped the coun­try in heart and di­a­betes checks with 81 per cent of the board’s el­i­gi­ble pop­u­la­tion hav­ing a risk as­sess­ment.

The heart check tar­get is at 75 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, in­creas­ing to 90 per cent by July 2014.

The health board also helped 95 per cent of hos­pi­talised smok­ers to­wards quit­ting but fell short on the pri­mary care com­po­nent. Only the Wairarapa Dis­trict Health Board met this.

Auck­land is one of only three boards to achieve all six tar­gets. There are 20 dis­trict health boards in New Zealand.

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