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Emergency Department Waiting Times Improving - Ryall

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Tony Ryall
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Wellington, Oct 7 NZPA - The Government is making good progress in fixing delays in hospital emergency departments, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

He said today they were delivering on their targets as they played a role in improving frontline services.

During the last year the number of patients admitted, discharged or transferred within six hours increased from below 80 percent to 87 percent, Mr Ryall told the New Zealand emergency Departments conference.

"When I drop into EDs (emergency departments) around the country I can see they are taking this target seriously and seeing patients much faster," he said.

Mr Ryall sometimes calls in at EDs unannounced and talks to patients waiting to be treated.

He said the improvement in waiting times had been achieved despite increased demand for ED services, which had experienced a busy winter.

"A significant feature of this target, compared to examples of emergency department length of stay targets in other parts of the world, is that it was designed by ED staff -- it is driven by ED clinicians themselves and their concerns for good quality clinical care," he said.

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