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People in Taranaki are getting faster, improved healthcare according to the latest Health Target results.

“96 per cent of emergency department patients in Taranaki district health board (DHB) were admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours.
“This is a great result during the challenging winter months. Nationally the shorter stays in ED target was met for the second consecutive quarter, reflecting the hard work being done by ED staff,” says Jonathan Young
“The results highlight continued excellent performance by the DHB and are a credit to the hard work being done by the health workforce in Taranaki.

“Across the country over 250,000 New Zealanders were admitted, discharged or transferred from an ED (emergency department) within six hours. Having every DHB achieve the 95 per cent target for the second consecutive quarter is a significant achievement.

“It highlights the continued excellent performance by DHBs and reflects the hard work by staff. We know it is a challenging time for ED’s during the busy winter months.

“Nationally, the better help for smokers to quit primary care target of 90 per cent was met for the first time. Helping people to quit smoking not only reduces the risk of a smoker having a smoking related disease but also improves the health of their whole family.

“National is supporting health to the tune of $15.9 billion, with an extra $400 million invested in Budget 2015, and New Zealanders are benefiting,” says Young


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