$24m for endoscopy cardiac services at Hospital
Northland District Health Board has been given $24 million for new endoscopy and cardiac care facilities for Whanga¯ rei Hospital that will reduce waiting times and lead to more vital surgery.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister David Clarke announced funding boosts for North Shore and Whanga¯ rei Hospitals worth $224 million. North Shore Hospital will get $200 million for 120 additional elective surgery beds and four new operating theatres. Whanga¯ rei Hospital will reconfigure its existing theatre to expand endoscopy services.
Ardern said more patients would receive the surgery they needed after the extra funding. “It’s a priority of the Coalition Government to improve the wellbeing of all New Zealanders and their families and access to quality healthcare is a key part of that. This investment will make a real difference to patients and their families and to staff working at the frontline after years of underfunding of facilities in the northern region,” she said.
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