Hospitals could save millions – report

Monday February 26, 2007
By Martin Johnston
New Zealand Herald

Auckland’s public hospitals could save tens of millions of dollars annually, an analysis says.

The series of reports done secretly for Auckland’s three health boards is bad news for the Government, confirming Treasury advice that hospital productivity appears to be declining, despite huge funding increases.

The National Party, which obtained the four reports under the Official Information Act, says they vindicate its views on the state health sector.

“The country has put $4 billion extra into health and is not getting much in return,” National’s health spokesman, Tony Ryall, said yesterday.

“In fact, it is harder to get an operation and tens of thousands of sick people have been data-cleansed from waiting lists.”

Auckland’s three health boards receive about $3 billion a year from the Government.

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