Health Minister Andrew Little has asked his ministry to control long-awaited lists of patients in the South.
The Southern District Health Board is part of the Ministry of Health’s intensive support program, with little hope of making significant changes in areas where there were concerns about its performance – including financial, operational and clinical management.
Following a report that a Southland child has been waiting more than 520 days to see an orthopedic specialist, Little also asked the ministry to help the board manage its waiting lists and make sure. That there are plans to help patients who have been waiting a long time.
Local lawmakers are calling for the ministry to intervene this week. Disclosure of “Unacceptable” waiting lists For patients in Southland, including 200 children awaiting dental surgery, 350 children awaiting ear, nose and throat surgery and 230 awaiting orthopedic surgery.
* Complaints about last minute surgery cancellation at Southland Hospital.
* 200 children are on the waiting list for teeth in the south.
* Southern DHB’s long-term plans are far less comfortable for many in need.
* Healthcare is a war that we have had to work hard for a long time.
Little revealed the 521-day wait in response to a parliamentary written question from Southland National Party MP Joseph Mooney, who asked about orthopedic waiting lists for children.
By August 16, 2021, 122 patients under the age of 16 were waiting for their first visit to see an orthopedic specialist, Little said, slightly below March 31, 2021, when the under-16s were on the waiting list. There were 143 patients, with the longest wait of 383 days.
The DHB was assisted by experts to help implement the change, Little said, while Crown Monitors were present to oversee the Health Board’s work.
“The government is focused on improving access to clinical services in all hospitals, including the Southern District Health Board area. That is why we are reforming the health system – to ensure that people across the country have access to health care. Access to care when they need it.
In some cases, patients remain on the waiting list if it is difficult to contact them or unable to attend appointments, he said – which is the case with a child who has been advised to wait 521 days.
This was confirmed by Janine Kochran, General Manager, Southern DHB Surgical Services.
He said some of the patients on the list, or their guardians, were difficult to reach or did not attend the appointments, while others were tested and surgeons spoke to their parents on the phone.
“Unfortunately, we have some long-awaited children awaiting an outpatient diagnosis. We agree that the long wait is not acceptable, and we need to use Lux and improve our nursing team.” Are working hard to deal with it.
Kochran said the cases of long-awaited children were reviewed by an orthopedic surgeon to make sure they did not need to be seen immediately.
He said Moni questioned the minister after hearing “some really relevant” stories from Southland families.
Moni said he did not want to share them for privacy concerns, but was trying to highlight the situation.
He also called for investment to address the board’s “extraordinary” waiting times.
“Orthopedic surgeons can only do that and the last thing they want is to stay in a position where they can’t help patients whose problems, if left untreated, can lead to lifelong problems,” he said. can.”
Labor List MP Dr Liz Craig, who lives in Anwar Kargil, said she had written to Southland-based board members. About last minute surgery Cancellation, Due to staff illness and no one available to replace them.
The board reported that six planned surgery sessions at Southland Hospital were canceled in July as teams stood down after working overnight on emergency operations.
“Although the government has placed significant additional funding in South DHB in recent years, there are a number of issues that still need to be addressed locally,” Craig said.
She was happy A new general exercise was planned for Invercargill.But the lack of access to affordable GP care after hours is putting pressure on Southland Hospital’s emergency department.
Craig said both issues show how important it is to manage limited health resources carefully.
On Tuesday, Anwar Kargil MP Penny Symonds met the board. Immediately address the inadequacies and inequalities in the Southland Hospital or bring to the attention of the Minister of Health.
“Our hospital has only 115 beds and 2.9 theaters per 100,000 people – which is about 60 per cent less beds per 100,000 people and 37 per cent less theater space than in neighboring Otago,” he said. ۔ ”