Elective Services

Underpinning the Electives workstream’s objective is the fundamental goal of New Zealand health services - Better Sooner More Convenient. Improving our elective surgery processes means New Zealanders will have better and timelier access to surgery they need, enabling them to regain good health sooner, and live longer, healthier and more independent lives. By working collaboratively and using a regional approach to Electives, we can also ensure people with a similar level of need receive similar access to services, regardless of where they live.

In practical terms, the Electives workstream is working to increase the number of elective surgeries, and first specialist assessments; reduce waiting times for surgery; improve prioritisation processes so that those most in need are treated first and people across the South Island have the same access to surgery; support innovation and progress in the way services are provided; and have better regional and clinical integration.

The current focus of the group, which is still being established, is to support DHBs to achieve the government elective services waiting time targets. The target is for no patient to be waiting longer than five months by 30 June 2013 for a first specialist assessment or for a treatment procedure. This will reduce to not waiting longer than four months by 31 December 2014.


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