Review heralds new era for rural PRIME service

Date published
14 Jul 2017

A wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s Primary Response in Medical Emergency (PRIME) service has been successfully completed and work will soon begin to implement its recommendations, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly.
“After a very professional and totally comprehensive, year-long process involving numerous stakeholders, the review outcomes have been accepted and we can now get on with the work plan. It will be great to work with our colleagues including St John and NASO during the next phase.”
The review has been “a major piece of work and those involved have done a fantastic job”.

“All of the things we had hoped for have been approved including a review of current funding arrangements, administration structures, clinical governance and roles, training and appropriate medicines and equipment,” said Mr Kelly.
The report has now been made publicly available and can be downloaded from the Ministry of Health’s website or click HERE.

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