8 Sep 2010

Call for heath boards to tackle after-hours obstacles

4:10 pm on 8 September 2010

Auditor-General Lyn Provost says district health boards have to tackle transport and affordability barriers to after-hours services.

Her office has conducted an audit of whether health boards meet the Government's expectation that after-hours services should be available for 95% of the population within an hour's travel time.

Ms Provost says all boards met the expectation despite the challenge of providing health services to a small population with a widely dispersed rural community.

The audit found that 99.7% of New Zealanders have services available within a 60-minute drive.

But Ms Provost says after-hours services must be accessible and affordable.