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4 NORTHERN OUTLOOK, AUGUST 17, 2013
SINCE JANUARY 2011
BETTER ACCESS TO
SHORTER WAITS FOR
TARGET: Cancer patients
therapy within 4 weeks.
TARGET: To increase the
volume of elective surgeries.
TARGET: Emergency Dept
discharged within 6hrs.
MORE HEART AND
TARGET: Eligible patients'
cardiovascular risk assessed
in last five years.
*results shown for last five quarters.
Prior data not comparable.
TARGET: Smokers offered
support and advice by
hospital or GP.
immunised on time.
not met 67%
CDHB had 50 Ministry of Health targets to meet
since January 2011. It met 26 and did not meet 24.
With the local body elections looming, the time has
come to look at how our Canterbury District Health
Board governing board has fared in its current
term. The current 11-member board took over in
December 2010, only a few months before the
February 2011 earthquake, which had a huge
impact on Canterbury's healthcare infrastructure.
ABBIE NAPIER looks at the CDHB's record.
WHEN MEMBERS of the
current CDHB board
started putting their
election billboards up in August
2010, none could have predicted
the mammoth task awaiting them
only a short time later.
By September, some damage
had been done by the first of
Canterbury s major earthquakes.
In February the following year,
Canterbury health services faced
12,000 damaged hospital rooms,
more than 600 aged care beds lost,
and widespread closure and
damage to a number of medical
According to chief executive
David Meates, the Canterbury
health system should have
Undoubtably, it s been a tough
The CDHB has a budget of $1.2
billion. It has been rebuilding the
health sector, in some places from
the ground up.
I m incredibly proud of what
the CDHB and the broader
Canterbury health system has
achieved, Mr Meates said.
It is a reflection of the good
decisions the CDHB board
members have made, thanks to
great support, leadership and
guidance of the executive
management teams, clinical
leaders and everyone working in
the Canterbury health system.
That being said, every year the
Ministry of Health sets targets for
every DHB in the country. They
change from time-to-time, but
focus around core goals of improv-
ing health care and access to it.
The performance of each DHB
is tracked quarterly, and the
results recorded by the ministry.
Since the current board took
over, the CDHB s performance
has been tracked for nine quar-
ters, or two years and three
The results of the remaining
nine months of its term have yet
to be released.
There are six Ministry of Health
targets assessed each quarter:
shorter emergency department
stays, better access to elective sur-
gery, increased immunisation,
shorter waits for cancer treat-
ments, better help for smokers to
quit, and more heart and diabetes
Looking at the results for the
last nine quarters, the CDHB has
achieved well in several areas.
Access to cancer treatments has
been a strong area for Canter-
bury, with the DHB failing to
meet the Ministry target only
once --- which was the quarter
directly after the 2011 quake.
Access to elective surgery has
also been improved, with CDHB
upping its numbers almost 80 per
cent of the time.
Canterbury has stumbled on
two ministry targets. It has failed
to get 95 per cent of smokers sup-
port and advice when they visit
hospital or their GP. It has also
struggled with heart and diabetes
checks for eligible adults.
Mr Meates said, While we con-
tinue to strive to achieve the
health targets and are working
hard to meet the areas where we
have fallen short, overall the
CDHB s performance . . . has been
nothing less than remarkable
given the circumstances we ve
CDHB is also responsible for
pioneering new-age hospital
wards and creative ventures in
While its performance is not
without fault, CDHB has perfor-
med better than the national
average in some areas.
While immunisations need to be
improved, CDHB has met or
exceeded the national perform-
ance average in eight of the nine
quarters. It achieved or met the
national average in all nine quar-
ters in reducing the length of time
patients spend in the emergency
Nominations for Local
Government Elections, including
the CDHB board, closed yesterday.
Current board members are:
Bruce Matheson (Chair), Pete
Ballantyne (Deputy Chair), Olive
Webb, David Morrell, Anna
Crighton, Elizabeth Cunningham,
Andrew Dickerson, Susan Wallace,
Chris Mene, Aaron Keown, Wendy
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