The National Government has increased spending on health by over $1.2 billion in the last two years to grow public health services.

The extra $49m in health spending for the Southern DHB over the last two years has been put to good use in improving front line health services such as elective surgery.

Figures from the Ministry of Health reveal that, since the election, an extra 2989 Southern patients, have received the elective operations they have needed.

In total, 10,376 patients from the Southern DHB area received important elective surgery in 2010, including hip replacements, joint replacements, ear nose and throat surgery amongst other surgery.

In 2010, 4282 other these patients were over 65.

Within the total surgery numbers, there had also been nearly 500 more orthopaedic surgeries in 2010.

It shows the frontline focus is working for us.