Shorter wait times for Upper Harbour patients

Upper Harbour news
Thursday, April 30, 2015

Patients in Waitemata are receiving their first surgical assessments faster, Upper Harbour MP Paula Bennett says.

Last year a record 31,078 Waitemata patients received their first surgical assessment, an increase of 31 per cent in six years.

“This National-led Government has set clear targets to reduce wait times and increase the number of first surgical assessments and these results show Upper Harbour families are benefiting,” says Mrs Bennett.

“Delivering better public services for hard-working New Zealanders means seeing things from their point of view, and our focus on people is getting real results.

“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 – an outstanding improvement.

“Our local results are a credit to Waitemata health professionals, and show health services continue to improve for Upper Harbour families as a result of National’s $460 million investment in new money into the health budget each year,” Mrs Bennett says.