Latest health target results for Taranaki

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman

Minister of Health

25 August 2015

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest quarterly health target results show Taranaki DHB is making steady progress.

“These results are a credit to the health professionals in Taranaki DHB,” says Dr Coleman.

“96 per cent of emergency department patients in Taranaki DHB were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours.

“Nationally the shorter stays in ED target was met for the second consecutive quarter. This is a significant achievement, and it reflects the hard work by staff. We know that it is currently a challenging time for EDs during the busy winter months.”

All DHBs met the improved access to elective surgery target for 2014/15.
Taranaki DHB surpassed the 100 per cent target by 21 per cent.

“The Government is committed to delivering year-on-year increases in elective surgery. We have delivered around 50,000 more surgeries over the last seven years - a 42 per cent increase,” says Dr Coleman.

“Also in Taranaki, 91 per cent of eligible people had their heart and diabetes check. Further work is needed on the better help for smokers to quit target.”

These improvements are supported by the $65 million funding increase Taranaki DHB has received over the last seven years. This includes $14 million in new money for this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $338 million for 2015/2016.

This funding increase is also helped by the $400 million extra invested into health in Budget 2015.

The quarter four results can be found at

Media contact: Kirsty Taylor-Doig 021 838 372



Last updated: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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