Health services bigger and better
Whenever I ask my South Waikato constituents what issues are important to them, frontline health services are always near the top of the list.
Health sectors around the world face many challenges – growing cost pressures, ageing populations, tough global economic conditions.
Amid this, National is protecting and growing our public health service. This year we are spending $14.12 billion on health.
We are making each health dollar go further with a focus on better services and less bureaucracy. We have employed 1000 more doctors, 2000 more nurses, and 1000 fewer back office staff.
We have delivered 35,000 more elective discharges a year than under the previous Government. In 2005, there were 33,000 patients waiting more than six months for elective surgery and surgical First Specialist Assessments. Today there are 600.
All patients who need radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment, and are ready for it, can now begin treatment within four weeks. This is the world gold standard.
Emergency department patients are also receiving timely treatment with 93 per cent being seen within six hours, a substantial improvement on under 70 per cent in 2009.
Locally, Tokoroa Hospital is providing services to the rural community and I will work hard to make sure these services are continued to be delivered to everyone in the South Waikato.