Health targets – 2015/16 quarter 2 – results summary

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Shorter stays in emergency departments

The DHBs that met the target of 95% were West Coast at 100%, Nelson Marlborough at 97%, Taranaki, Tairawhiti and South Canterbury at 96%, and Counties Manukau, Waitemata, Auckland, Southern and Canterbury at 95%. The DHBs that didn't meet the target were MidCentral, Bay of Plenty and Wairarapa, at 94%, Hawke's Bay at 93%, Waikato and Northland at 92%, Hutt Valley at 91%, and Capital & Coast and Lakes at 90%.
The target: The target is 95% of patients will be admitted, discharged, or transferred from an emergency department (ED) within 6 hours. The target is a measure of the efficiency of flow of acute (urgent) patients through public hospitals, and home again. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The Shorter stays in emergency department health target result was 94.0%. This is 1.6% higher than quarter one’s result, but 0.3% lower than the result for the same quarter last year. Eleven DHBs met the target.

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Improved access to elective surgery

The DHBs that met the target of 100% were Northland at 145%, Waikato at 120%, Tairawhiti at 118%, Whanganui at 116%, Taranaki at 113%, Bay of Plenty and Southern at 107%, Hutt Valley at 106%, Capital & Coast at 104%, Lakes and Counties Manukau at 103%, West Coast and Nelson Marlborough at 102%, South Canterbury, MidCentral and Waitemata at 101%, and Hawke's Bay at 100%. The DHBs that didn't meet the target were Canterbury, Auckland and Wairarapa, all at 98%.
The target: The target is an increase in the volume of elective surgery by at least 4000 discharges per year. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved with 98,870 elective surgical discharges provided, against a year-to-date target of 93,980. This is 4890 (5.2%) more than planned. Seventeen DHBs achieved the target and eight were 5% or more ahead of plan. The new revised target definition includes elective and arranged in-patient surgical discharges, regardless of whether they are discharged from a surgical or non-surgical specialty (excluding maternity).

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Faster cancer treatment

No DHBs met the target of 85%. Nelson Marlborough was at 84%, MidCentral at 83%, Capital & Coast at 81%, Hawke's Bay at 78%, Canterbury and Southern at 77%, Bay of Plenty and Hutt Valley at 76%, Wairarapa and Northland at 75%, South Canterbury and Taranaki at 74%, Counties Manukau at 72%, West Coast at 71%, Auckland at 70%, Waitemata and Waikato at 68%, Tairawhiti at 66%, Whanganui at 60% and Lakes at 56%.
The target: The target is 85% of patients receive their first cancer treatment (or other management) within 62 days of being referred with a high suspicion of cancer and a need to be seen within 2 weeks by July 2016, increasing to 90% by June 2017. Results cover those patients who received their first cancer treatment between July and December 2015. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: Performance in the Faster cancer treatment target increased by 5.4% compared with last quarter to 74.6% based on six months rolling data (July to December 2015). This is the biggest quarterly increase in the health target to-date and is an increase of 8.8% since the target was first published 12 months ago. No DHBs have yet met the 85% target.

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Increased immunisation

The DHBs that met the target of 95% were MidCentral and Canterbury at 96%, and Wairarapa, Capital & Coast, Waitemata, Lakes and Counties Manukau at 95%. The DHBs that didn't meet the target were Southern, Tairawhiti and Auckland at 94%, Hutt Valley and Hawke's Bay at 93%, Waikato, Nelson Marlborough and South Canterbury at 92%, Taranaki at 91%, Whanganui and Northland at 90%, Bay of Plenty at 89% and West Coast at 81%.
The target: The national immunisation target is 95% of 8-month-olds have their primary course of immunisation at 6 weeks, 3 months and 5 months on time. This quarterly progress result includes children who turned 8-months between October to December 2015 and who were fully immunised at that stage. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national coverage result for infant immunisation at eight-months of age was 93.7%. This is an increase of 0.3% when compared with quarter one and the highest coverage that has ever been achieved. Seven DHBs met the 95% target. 

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Better help for smokers to quit

The DHB that met the target of 90% was Nelson Marlborough at 92%. The DHBs that didn't meet the target were Tairawhiti and MidCentral at 89%, Waitemata, Northland, Counties Manukau and Waikato at 88%, Southern and South Canterbury at 87%, Auckland at 86%, Taranaki, Canterbury and West Coast at 85%, Whanganui and Wairarapa at 84%, Lakes and Capital & Coast at 82%, Hutt Valley at 79%, Hawke's Bay at 75% and Bay of Plenty at 71%.
The target: The target is 90% of PHO enrolled patients who smoke have been offered help to quit smoking by a health care practitioner in the last 15 months. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The national Better help for smokers to quit primary care target result was 85.0%. From quarter one the target has shifted its focus to the entire enrolled population of people who smoke and not only those seen in primary care and covers advice provided over 15 months, instead of 12 months. As the definition for this target was revised last quarter this is the first time a quarter on quarter comparison will be presented. The national result shows a 1.8% improvement on the quarter one result. One DHB met the 90% target. 

The hospital target is now only reported on the Ministry’s website along with the maternity results in the source data and individual target graphs for quarter 2.

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More heart and diabetes checks

The DHBs that met the target of 90% were Auckland, Counties Manukau, Whanganui, Taranaki and Waikato at 92%, Northland, Tairawhiti, Wairarapa, West Coast, Nelson Marlborough and Capital & Coast at 91%, and MidCentral, Hawke's Bay, Waitemata and South Canterbury at 90%. The DHBs that didn't meet the target were Bay of Plenty and Hutt Valley at 89%, Lakes and Southern at 87%, and Canterbury at 85%.
The target: The target is 90% of the eligible population will have had their cardiovascular risk assessed in the last 5 years. Find out more about this target.

Results summary: The More heart and diabetes checks health target was met for the second consecutive quarter with a result of 90.0%. This is a 0.3% increase compared with the quarter one results. Fifteen DHBs achieved the target.

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