Bay of Plenty patients are getting their first surgical assessment faster

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says Bay of Plenty patients are receiving their first surgical assessments faster compared to ten years ago.

“Speeding up patients’ access to their first surgical assessments has been a priority for this National-led Government.

“Last year a record 16,591 patients in the Bay of Plenty received their first surgical assessment, an increase of fourteen per cent in six years.

“In 2005 there were 33,000 patients across New Zealand waiting over six months for a specialist assessment or surgery, now there are just 35 – this is a great result.

“This Government has set clear targets to reduce wait times and increase the number of first surgical assessments and these results show that here in the Bay, people are benefiting.

“These results are a credit to Bay of Plenty health professionals, and show health services continue to improve for New Zealand families as a result of National’s $460 million investment in new money into the health budget each year,” Todd Muller said.