Todd Muller welcomes better health services for Bay of Plenty

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Local MP Todd Muller says the latest National Health Target results show people were treated faster in emergency departments across the country this past winter than in previous years.

“Locally, the Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) exceeded several targets during the past year,” Mr Muller said.

The BOPDHB exceeded its target number of elective procedures by 341 discharges in the past quarter and ensured all cancer patients received radiotherapy or chemotherapy within four weeks.

“Across our region, people are getting more checks for diabetes and heart disease, 88 per cent of 8-month-olds are on track to be fully immunised, and more help is being provided to help patients quit smoking,” Mr Muller said.

“All our district health boards have made good progress since National streamlined national health targets to improve health services for patients.

“I’m pleased the latest quarterly results show we’re making real improvements for patients and their families in our communities,” Mr Muller said.

Information about the national health targets is available on the Ministry of Health website: www.health.govt.nz/healthtargets