Home' Central Canterbury News : August 21st 2013 Contents 4 CENTRAL CANTERBURY NEWS, AUGUST 21, 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. ABBIE NAPIER reports.
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.
After 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 medical
According to the CDHB s chief
executive David Meates, the Can-
terbury health system should
have imploded .
Undoubtedly, 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 healthcare 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
quarters, or a total of two years
and three months.
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
surgery, increased immunisation,
shorter waits for cancer treat-
ments, better help for smokers
to quit, and more heart and
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 the
region, with the DHB failing to
meet the Ministry target only
once -- the quarter directly after
the 2011 quake.
Access to elective surgery has
also been improved, with the
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.
While we continue 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, particularly given
the circumstances we ve faced,
Mr Meates said.
The CDHB is also responsible
for pioneering new-age hospital
wards and a range of creative
ventures in healthcare.
The CDHB has performed
better than the national average
in some areas. While immunisa-
tions need to be improved, the
CDHB has met or exceeded the
national performance average in
eight of the nine quarters.
It achieved or met the national
average, in all nine quarters, in
reducing the length of time
patients can expect to spend in
the emergency department.
Health board plays vital role
By ABBIE NAPIER
The Canterbury District Health
Board plays an important role in
Healthcare is a complicated
field and there is more than $1
billion in funding to be allocated
and distributed to make our
regional health services the best
they can be.
The CDHB board has 11
positions available. Of those,
seven are elected by the public,
and up to four are allocated by the
Minister of Health, Tony Ryall.
The four allocated positions are
usually filled in a way designed to
balance the board s elected
members, fill skill gaps, and
ensure the mix is good.
Nominations have now closed
for the CDHB board elections,
held at the same time as elections
for council and community boards.
The CDHB has received 26
nominations for the seven elected
positions up for grabs.
Six of the board s current elec-
ted members have chosen to run
again: Ex-city councillor and aged
care advocate Anna Crighton; for-
mer Age Concern chief executive
Andrew Dickerson; Human Rights
Review Tribunal member Wendy
Gilchrist; city councillor Aaron
Keown; the Shirley-Papanui
Community Board chair and stop
smoking advocate, Chris Mene;
and finally, ex-city missioner and
tions list for
The elections will see 20 other
nominees running for a position
on the board: George Abraham,
Oscar Alpers, Sally Buck, Murray
Clarke, Allison Franklin, Tubby
Hansen, Tim Howe, Jo Kane, Beth
Kempen, Robin Kilworth, Andrew
McCombie, Margaret McGowan,
Paul McMahon, Keith Nelson,
John Noordanus, Drucilla
Patterson-Kingi, David W
Rowland, Heather Symes, Adrian
Te Patu and Steve Wakefield.
Elected board members were
paid a salary of $26,000 in 2012.
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