Rural health must be integral in services review

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network has welcomed an announcement of a comprehensive review of health services in New Zealand.
The NZRGPN is the national network representing the staff of rural medical practices across New Zealand.
“A comprehensive review of the delivery of health and disability services is timely,” said NZRGPN Chief Executive Dalton Kelly. “This review must be comprehensive and wide-ranging, taking into account the full range of communities and health service providers across New Zealand.
“We welcome the Review and will look to participate fully in it on behalf of the medical professionals who are delivering outstanding health services to rural communities, often under increasingly difficult conditions.”

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Government announce health system review

The entire health and disability system will be reviewed, with the district health board system coming under the spotlight (NZ Herald).

The terms of reference for the review say the current system has a “complex mix of governance, ownership, business and accountability models and arrangements.
“This complexity can get in the way of ensuring public money is spent to invest in, and provide healthcare to the public in a coherent and smart way.”
Health minister David Clark, who announced the review today (May 29), has previously indicated he was keen for a “fresh” look at the way DHBs operated.

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System Level Measures update

Focus on patient experience survey, April 2018.

Patient experience of care is an important indicator of the quality of health services, and is one of the System Level Measures co-developed by the Ministry of Health and the health sector. There are two patient experience surveys – one that captures patient feedback and experience in hospital, and the more recent primary care patient experience survey. The surveys are coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission.

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