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DHBs Continue Making Progress On Health Targets

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All the country's district health boards continue making progress on the 10 annual health targets, chalking up big gains in tobacco control and in reducing hospital admissions for children under five, Director-General of Health Stephen McKernan said today.

"Overall progress continued to be good in the third quarter," Mr McKernan noted.

"There have been slips in performance in some target areas like cancer waiting times, but the rebound has been quick."

"It's not easy meeting these targets. What is most important though, and what makes me confident, is the enthusiasm and willingness of DHBs to lift performance and contribute to a national improvement in the target areas."

The report covers the third quarter of the financial year, January to March 2008.

In tobacco control, target increases this year in the number of 14 to 15-year-old students who have never smoked and the number of homes with a no-smoking policy have been met.

"The steady progress we have achieved in the past nine months is clear evidence of how focused action by DHBs can make a difference."

"We are well advanced in discussions with DHBs for 2008/09 targets, and the emerging consensus is to aim higher."

Hospital admissions for children aged under five dropped by almost 10 per cent across all ethnic groups in the 12 months ending September 2007.

"These results reflect the Government's investment in primary health care. Access to primary health care has improved as the cost to patients has fallen."

The third quarterly report on progress towards the health targets is published on the Ministry of Health's website: (http://www.moh.govt.nz/healthtargets).

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