$24m for en­doscopy car­diac ser­vices at Hospi­tal

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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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