5 Sep 2017

National promises elective surgery boost

10:52 am on 5 September 2017

The National Party says it wants to increase funding for elective surgeries, aiming to bring the number of operations to 200,000 a year by 2022.

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National Party health spokesperson Jonathan Coleman Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The party's health spokesperson, Jonathan Coleman, and leader, Bill English, made the announcement in Petone this morning.

Dr Coleman said National would increase spending on elective surgery by $30 million per year each year for the next four years, rising to $120m per year by 2020/21, if re-elected.

He said about 174,000 elective surgeries were carried out each year and the figure was expected to reach 178,000 this year.

"Elective surgery makes a real difference to patients and their families - it reduces pain, restores independence and improves quality of life.