The Government has identified improving access to elective surgery as one of its priority health targets. New Zealand's frontline clinicians and the DHBs they work for are coming up with innovative solutions to improved access to elective surgery.
The health target requires DHBs, which run the country's public hospitals to ensure that:
- The volume of elective surgery will be increased by an average 4,000 discharges per year (compared with the previous average increase of 1400 per year).
This publication looks at how DHBs and their staff are working to achieve this health target, and discusses the real gains being made thanks to the clinical leadership of those on the frontline, both in hospitals and in the community.