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What are the overall quarter one 2012/13 Health Target results?

 

Three significant Health Target changes have come into effect this quarter: Chemotherapy wait times are included in the cancer target for the first time; the immunisation target changed from two-year olds to focus on eight-month old coverage; and the primary care tobacco results are included alongside the hospital results in the Health Target tables.  As result of these changes no comparison is made to performance in previous quarters.

Nationally the results show three Health Targets have been met: Improved access to elective surgery; Shorter waits for cancer treatment and Increased immunisation.  The Better help for smokers to quit hospital target is also very close to being achieved.

The Shorter stays in emergency department results decreased this quarter due to increased pressure on services over the winter months. Most DHBs improved their performance in the Better help for smokers to quit primary care target, and the More heart and diabetes check target, but no DHBs have yet met these targets.

 

How did each health target perform?

Shorter stays in emergency departments

National performance in the Shorter stays in emergency departments target decreased by 2.2 percent to 91.5 percent this quarter. This is consistent with quarter one results from the last two years and reflects increased pressure on services over the winter months. Results for the winter months have been improving year on year. The current quarter one result is a 1.6 percent increase on the result for the same period last year.  This means 5000 more people had an ED length of stay six hours or less in quarter one 2012/13 compared with quarter one 2011/12.


Improved access to elective surgery

The Improved access to elective surgery target has been achieved this quarter with 40,099 elective surgical discharges provided, against a target of 38,097 discharges. This is 2002 (5 percent) more than planned.


Shorter waits for cancer treatment radiotherapy

Nationally 100 percent of patients, who were ready for treatment, received their radiotherapy and chemotherapy within four weeks of the decision to treat. This is an excellent result given that chemotherapy wait times were included in the Shorter waits for cancer treatment target for the first time in this quarter.


Increased immunisation

Eight-month national immunisation coverage is 87.1 percent and thirteen DHBs achieved the target this quarter.  This is an excellent start for the new Increased immunisation target which is to achieve coverage of 85 percent by June 2013.


Better help for smokers to quit

There was a small increase in performance for the Better help for smokers to quit hospital target, with results improving by 0.1 percent to 93.7 percent, and nine DHBs achieved the target.  Performance for the primary care target was 39.5 percent. Although no DHBs met primary care the target, 16 DHBs improved their performance.


More heart and diabetes checks

The national quarter one result for the More heart and diabetes check target is 52.2 percent, an increase of 3.4 percent on last quarter. Eighteen DHBs have improved their performance, but no DHBs have yet met the target of 75 percent. 

Last updated: August 13, 2015