"The work the Canterbury District Health Board has done during and after the Canterbury earthquakes has been extraordinarily impressive", says MP for Christchurch Central Nicky Wagner.
Chief Executive of the CDHB David Meates, Chairman of the CDHB Bruce Matheson, and Deputy Chair of the CDHB Peter Ballantyne presented to the Health Select Committee in Parliament today.
Although much CHDB infrastructure had been severely damaged, the health system has demonstrated a resilience that has left the rest of the world in awe of their achievements.
"CDHB reacted quickly, again and again, designing and redesigning its services so that they could be most effectively delivered to the community." says Ms Wagner
"We have faced a lot of challenges in Canterbury over the past 3 years but National is committed to growing and protecting our public health service, and the CDHB is a stunning example of this."
Out of necessity comes change and in the CDHB case they developed new models and delivered breakthrough innovations that the rest of New Zealand can benefit from.
The CREST programme, a $7.5 million Canterbury project, was initiated a few weeks after the first earthquake. CREST enabled elderly patients to be discharged rather than stay in scarce hospital beds. Elderly people were taken home by a trained support worker, who would assess their home for safety and look at what help they would need to stay there.
Overall, the action plans of the CDHB have been astounding. Productivity has increased and is noticeable with a 36 per cent increase in elective surgery over 3 years -that's 4000 more operations. The CDHB has also achieved the third lowest acute readmission rate in New Zealand.
"As MP for Christchurch Central I am proud to work with the CDHB, a health provider that is built on excellence," says Ms Wagner.
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