Tuesday Health News

Two New Zealand stories about last week's budget and a story from the UK. 


How healthy is the government's Budget boost?

A $3.2 billion dollar investment in health is being seen as a win by many in the sector, but some say the figures aren't what they appear to be.

The funding, which is set out over four years, covers a range of initiatives including increased access to GPs for children and those on low-incomes, a pay rise for community midwives and a big boost to District Health Board funding.

The DHB funding includes $2.2 billion for operating costs, with an extra $750m available for capital spending and an additional $100m available next year for DHBs facing deficits.

Counties Manukau DHB chair Mark Gosche said the money for building repairs was much needed, with Middlemore Hospital grappling with buildings that are rotting or have seismic issues.

"Counties Manukau... has the highest number of people living in areas of high socio-economic deprivation and, as a result, high rates of ill health.

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Budget 2018: DHBs get a big boost


*More capital for DHBs to fix building issues
*Free and cheap GP visits extended to more people
*Community midwives to get 8.9 per cent 'catch-up' pay increase

District health boards that have complained of chronic underfunding will receive a massive boost - $549 million each year for the next four years.

That's a total of $2.2 billion of new capital, with up to another $100 million over 10 years set aside for DHBs struggling with deficits.

The Budget also delivers $126m to keep up with demand for elective surgery.

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Cancer patient waited 541 days for NHS treatment, report says

Longest waits for cancer treatment have soared in England since 2010, data obtained by Labour suggests

The longest waits for cancer treatment in England have soared since 2010, with one patient waiting 541 days, analysis suggests.

Two-thirds of NHS trusts reported having at least one cancer patient waiting more than six months last year, while almost seven in 10 (69%) trusts said they had a worse longest wait than in 2010. This was reflected in the average longest wait rising to 213 days – 16 days longer than in the year the Conservatives entered government.

The official target requires at least 85% of cancer patients to have their first treatment within 62 days of referral by their GP, but this has not been met for 27 months in a row.

More than 100,000 people have waited more than two months for treatment to start since the target was first missed in January 2014.

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