It’s back to business for the Government.  We are continuing to focus on frontline public services and the latest quarterly results for the six National Health Targets show this is paying off.

DHBs have again increased elective surgery, performing 38,555 elective operations this quarter – 3 per cent and 1275 more than planned.

We’re also seeing positive improvement in fully immunising our children by two years of age – up from 90.4 per cent coverage in the last quarter, to 90.8 per cent against the target this year of 95 per cent.

100 per cent of patients who were ready for cancer radiation treatment received that treatment within four weeks of their first specialist radiation oncology assessment. We have the excellent performance from our hospital cancer teams to thank for that.

Our frontline health workers do a fantastic job – and it’s our job to ensure it stays that way.