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A Counties Manukau PHO is demanding an apology and retraction from the Ministry of Health after the release of what the PHO says is inaccurate performance data.

"I am extremely disappointed with the news releases that have slandered THO [Total Healthcare Otara] as the worst performing PHO regarding immunisation rates," PHO executive officer Mark Vella says in a media release.

Mr Vella says the PHO board and providers are staggered at the inaccuracy of the ministry's data and have records that tell the true story and actually put them close to the top five performers.

PHO Performance Programme data was released initially to Radio New Zealand under the Official Information Act, and then distributed to other media.

Mr Vella says he received an email from acting deputy director-general of health (sector capability and innovation) Ashley Bloomfield last night [16 March] saying that he would be contacted today.


Mr Vella has now been contacted by Dr Bloomfield.

In a written statement, Dr Bloomfield says the ministry understands there have been technical issues in the reporting of immunisation data from Total Healthcare Otara to the PHO Performance Programme.

Thus the figure in the table does not reflect the actual performance of Total Healthcare Otara in immunising children up to two years of age within its population, as at June 2009, he says.

Dr Bloomfield says DHBNZ is continuing to work with primary healthcare providers to ensure data are accurately reported and captured within the PHO Performance Programme.

Mr Vella says the PHO appreciates the ministry's acknowledgment that the figure released was inaccurate and that it does not reflect the PHO's true performance.

"Also, they acknowledge that our figures more truly reflect our performance which, along with the other two top five measures around CVD assessment and acute phase, does indeed support the fact that THO is in fact one of the higher performing PHOs," he says.

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