From the CEO Welcome to the June issue of Connect. It’s hard to believe we are almost halfway through the year and winter is now here. EC attendances continue on a high level and I would like to thank staff who work so tirelessly to serve our community so well. Clearly the provider arm cannot keep working under this pressure forever. With winter just starting we are already under pressure This is the reason why programmes such as 20,000 days and Achieving a Balance are so important to ensure we are able to continue improving our services and take on board the challenges of population growth. We need to give back to our community at least 20,000 healthy days a year, instead of being admitted to hospital.. This is combined with initiatives such as Primary Options for Acute Care, Advance Care Planning, locality planning and all of the other things we are doing to give our community more and better options for health care outside of the hospital. Our efforts to improve our community’s health is still imperative and challenging, even though Vote Health received the largest increase in Government spending in the last budget. This increase designed to help fund cost pressures and new initiatives in 2012 and 2013. This funding includes an extra $1.5 billion nationally for public health services over the next 4 years and includes $358 million of new money for health and some money being saved from pharmaceutical spending.
This funding is earmarked for; • $33 million for better, faster cancer treatment, including dedicated cancer nurses to support patients through the course of their treatment. • $16 million to speed up diagnostic tests for patients. • $48 million for more and faster elective surgery. • $20.5 million to strengthen maternity services and boost PlunketLine and WellChild services. • $133 million to improve services and access for people with disabilities. • $28 million to provide free after-hours doctors’ visits for under-sixes. • $12 million to provide more support services for older people. • $40 million for increased dementia services. • Increased funding to train more GPs, initially $864,000 rising to $1.8 million in 2014/15. • $1 million for organ donation. Clearly the Government’s objectives are aligned with ours in term of reducing the increasing pressures on public hospitals and this extra funding will be vital investment. However, it does not mean that we can afford
to relax our own DHB efforts. Please keep checking out my weekly blog for progress on how we are doing. I would especially like to congratulate the people who have helped us achieve such sterling results in the National Health Targets. For one of the country’s largest DHBs to consistently be a top performer is no mean feat. I would also like to make special mention of our Child, Youth and Maternity team, National Immunisation Register team and our primary care partners including WellChild/Tamariki Ora who have achieved a stunning 95.3% immunisation rate of children fully immunised at 2 years of age. This is the sort of effort that makes our DHB so special, so thank you! And on the subject of immunisation, anyone working with babies or children needs to be up-to-date with their pertussis immunisation, given that we are in the middle of an epidemic. At the moment we are offering to vaccinate or reimburse staff for the cost of a pertussis booster which is available from OSH or usual primary care provider. Contact OSH on ext 8142 for details. Best Wishes, Geraint A Martin CEO, CMDHB
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