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19 September, 2014

Minister acknowledges departing chief executive

State-Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall has acknowledged Mark Ford following his retirement as Watercare Services chief executive.

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18 September, 2014

Extension of Solid Energy’s remediation indemnity

Government officials are working with Solid Energy to extend the company’s remediation indemnity, which will meet the future costs of returning the company’s mining land to its pre-mined condition, Finance Minister Bill English and State Owned Enterprises Minister Tony Ryall say.

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18 September, 2014

Bay residents to get cancer care closer to home

Around 500 Bay of Plenty residents a year will now be able to have their cancer treatment closer to home rather than making a 3 hour round trip to the cancer centre in Hamilton.

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12 September, 2014

Cabinet approves in-between travel settlement

A proposed settlement has been agreed that will lead to home support workers getting paid for the time they spend traveling between clients.

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11 September, 2014

The number of GP trainees continues to grow

The number of doctors practising in New Zealand will continue to grow as record numbers of graduates have signed up for GP training next year says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

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5 September, 2014

$3 million to expand patient portals

The Ministry of Health is investing $3 million to expand the roll out of patient portals and allow more people to securely access their health information online.

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3 September, 2014

New service will improve intestinal failure care

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced a new National Intestinal Failure service, costing $1 million over three years, will be established to improve the quality of care for patients suffering with intestinal failure.

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2 September, 2014

Better primary care services for New Zealanders

New Zealanders are getting more immunisations, checks for diabetes and heart diseases and more help to quit smoking says Health Minister Tony Ryall.

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29 August, 2014

New patient IT system for South Island hospitals

Health Minister Tony Ryall has given the go-ahead for the introduction of a single patient information system to all hospitals in the South Island.

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28 August, 2014

Cancer treatment to be sped up even further

If your doctor suspects you have cancer, the Government will ensure you see a cancer specialist and receive treatment faster than ever before.

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26 August, 2014

Health services focused on prevention

The latest National Health Target results show more New Zealanders are getting help to quit smoking and getting checked to see if they are at risk of developing diabetes or heart disease.

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25 August, 2014

Funding boost for rest homes & dementia care

The National-led Government is increasing the rest home bed subsidy by $10 million a year – a 5 per cent increase – as part of the government's ongoing plan to meet the changing needs of our population.

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22 August, 2014

Capital & Coast DHB Crown monitor appointed

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the appointment of Dr Margaret Wilsher as the replacement crown monitor for Capital and Coast District Health Board (DHB).

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22 August, 2014

Midwinter Dialogues Speech

It has been three years since I last spoke to you all, and much has happened since then. In 2011, the Christchurch rebuild was forefront in our minds.

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20 August, 2014

Speech launching new rehabilitation service

It is a pleasure to be here in Auckland this morning to launch this exciting new primary healthcare service. STAR (Specialist Treatment and Rehabilitation) demonstrates innovation that will deliver specialised health services for patients with chronic and long term conditions.

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20 August, 2014

Speech to launch women’s health research trust fund in Wellington

This is a great opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges of women’s health in New Zealand, and to acknowledge the work of the Women’s Health Research Centre in meeting these challenges.

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15 August, 2014

$2m initiative for healthier Wanganui families

Health Minister Tony Ryall today announced Te Oranganui has been selected to lead a $2 million anti-obesity initiative in Wanganui which will help families improve their health.

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13 August, 2014

Canterbury to provide Chatham health services

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced the responsibility for Chatham Islands health services will transfer to Canterbury District Health Board (DHB) from Hawkes Bay DHB next year.

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12 August, 2014

Clinical leadership improving cardiac care

The National Cardiac Network, which is led by cardiac surgeons, cardiologists, GPs, nurses and other health professionals, continues to make gains and improve cardiac services in New Zealand.

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8 August, 2014

Record numbers of patients getting elective surgery

Latest Ministry of Health data shows over 162,000 hips, knees and other elective operations were performed last financial year – 44,000 more operations than six years ago.

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1 August, 2014

Health minister opens $7 million Nikau House

Health Minister Tony Ryall officially opened the $7 million Nikau House development at Elizabeth Knox Home and Hospital in Epsom, Auckland today.

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1 August, 2014

Speech opening $7 million extension at Elizabeth Knox Home in Auckland

It is great to be back here, after I opened the first stage of this site in 2011. This is another stage in the story of this hospital – which was formally recognised as a hospital in 1939 when it began accepting returning wounded or sick soldiers.

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31 July, 2014

Call for innovative health IT ideas

Health Minister Tony Ryall is encouraging health professionals to take part in the annual Clinicians’ Challenge by submitting their IT solutions to improve health services.

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31 July, 2014

More scholarships for nurse graduates

The government is investing an extra $1.5 million to give 25 graduate nurses scholarships to work in general practices in some of New Zealand’s higher need communities next year.

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30 July, 2014

200 more training places for graduate nurses

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government will fund up to 200 additional training places for nurse graduates next year.

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29 July, 2014

Nurses to play bigger role in bowel cancer care

Health Minister Tony Ryall has today announced specialist nurses will now be trained to perform colonoscopies, a diagnostic test which can identify whether a person has bowel cancer and can find and remove pre-cancerous growths.

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27 July, 2014

Speech to The Prostate Cancer Foundation in Wellington

Thank you for inviting me to your annual conference. It is my pleasure to be here to express my support for your organisation and to hear how your work is progressing.

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25 July, 2014

Videoconferencing improving patient care

Health Minister Tony Ryall has been given a first-hand demonstration of a video link that gives patients in the small central North Island community of Taumarunui access to medical expertise from specialists at Waikato Hospital.

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21 July, 2014

Social sector makes gains in BPS targets

Results released today show good progress is being made to achieve the Government’s Better Public Services targets, say social sector Ministers Tony Ryall, Paula Bennett and Hekia Parata.

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18 July, 2014

More kidney transplants expected each year

Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government is investing an extra $4 million to establish a National Renal Transplant Service to increase the number of live kidney donor transplantations over the next few years.

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