The first annual update from the Ministry of Health and the Health Quality and Safety Commission on increasing transparency in New Zealand health care has been published on the Commission's website.
This update is in response to the recommendation in Ombudsman Professor Ron Paterson’s June 2016 ruling on a complaint by Martin Johnston of the New Zealand Herald:
“that the Ministry of Health and Health Quality & Safety Commission work together to provide a publicly available, annual update (commencing in June 2017) on the sector’s progress towards, in five years (ie, by June 2021), the selection, development and public reporting of a range of quality of care measures (including outcomes data) across specialties that:
- are meaningful to health care consumers;
- are meaningful to the clinicians who provide their care;
- are meaningfully attributable to the clinicians or service providing that care; and
- increase the availability of information to the people of New Zealand.”