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2020

COVID-19

16 March 2020

The New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association member hospitals are constantly reviewing the situation on Novel Coronavirus – COVID-19.

Our member hospitals have clear guidelines for all patients, staff and visitors, to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing.

Please contact the relevant individual private surgical hospital if you are booked in for elective surgery.

For additional advice we recommend you phone Healthline on 0800 358 5453 and visit the Ministry of Health website.

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2018

21 September 2018

Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital has won two prestigious private hospital sector industry awards. The Hospital’s Room Service entry won the non-clinical category of the NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association’s (NZPSHA) Leaders in Quality 2018 award and for its efforts to successfully transition internationally-qualified nurses (IQN) into the New Zealand nursing environment they won the awards’ clinical category.

The NZPSHA Leaders in Quality awards are presented bi-annually and recognise excellence across its 27 members spread across 39 private surgical facilities throughout New Zealand. 

 Lead judge for the 2018 event, Philippa Pringle, said the awards aim to showcase various quality initiatives across the sector.  

 “We want to recognise initiatives that lead to sector-wide learning and growth, that generate improved service and business delivery for our patients and that enhance the working environment for our staff.” 

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Refreshing the public health system needs tri-partisan approach

26 June 2018

A party politics’ free approach is critical to securing future sustainability of our health services, NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association president Richard Whitney says. 

His comments follow Health Minister Dr David Clark’s announced intention to terminate the National Health Targets including the national patient flow project. 

 “Given health, and education, are very much about the long-game, shroud-waving isn’t helpful,” he says. 

 “Removing one’s political beliefs, and each parties’ ideology, from the equation is critically important to providing New Zealanders with an effective health system.” 

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Private Hospitals offer to cut surgical waiting lists

20 May 2018

Private hospitals want to work collaboratively with DHBs to help them reduce surgical waiting lists, and the sector has welcomed the $126 million allocated for this in Budget 2018. 

New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association president, Richard Whitney, said DHBs all over the country face a growing, unmet demand for elective surgery, and waiting lists and waiting times are increasing. 

 “The private hospitals sector has significant capacity and expertise that can assist DHBs reduce waiting lists and help Kiwis get the surgical treatment they need, faster and cost-effectively.” 

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Private hospitals can reduce burden on struggling DHBs

2 March 2018

Hospital staff are said to be stressed, exhausted and overworked by the constant pressures in the public system. 

The NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) says it has spare capacity that will take the load off struggling DHBs.

“The private sector is well placed to manage elective capacity challenges to help public sector hospitals manage increasing acute demand,” said the vice president of the Association, Dr Lloyd McCann.

“We’d like to work with the government and other stakeholders to ensure New Zealanders have access to the care they need, when they need it.” 

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Private surgical hospitals propose plan to cut surgery waiting lists

8 February 2018

 

Private sector hospitals are calling for a formal partnership with government to help meet the unmet demand for elective surgeries.

The President of the NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) Richard Whitney said the private hospitals sector has significant capacity, and the experience and expertise, to absorb much of this demand.

"We can partner with government to provide a huge number of elective surgeries.

"Outsourcing this surgical workload would help meet the large unmet demand while relieving the load on DHB's, enhancing efficiencies and reducing government capital expenditure.

"It would also improve the quality of life for thousands of New Zealanders."

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2017

A briefing for the incoming Minister

December 2017

 

This paper discusses two key issues:

  1. How the private hospitals sector can cater cost-effectively and efficiently to the unmet demand for elective surgery, while relieving pressure on DHBs.

  2. The need to make health insurance more affordable for ageing
    New Zealanders, thus encouraging them to take financial responsibility for their own healthcare. 

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2016

NZPSHA signs RACS Respect Agreement

24 November 2016

The New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) to build respect and improve patient safety in surgery. 

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Cardiac Surgery Education Bundle wins Quality Award

9 September 2016

The Cardiothoracic team at St George’s Hospital in Christchurch have led the way for patient focused care with their unique education package for patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The package is the winner of the Clinical Category of NZPSHA “Leaders in Quality” 2016 Awards. 

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18 August 2016

When – and when not – to use a phone camera during a patient’s treatment is at the heart of a new publication by the New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) and the New Zealand Private Surgical Hospitals Association (NZPSHA). 

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26 May 2016

Private Hospitals say the increase in elective surgery funding will go some way to relieving the suffering of many New Zealanders who don’t currently meet the criteria for an operation.

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280,000 New Zealanders waiting for surgery, wait times up

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2015

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2014

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2013

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