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Official Information Act response

283 documents.

Aggregate data: smokers and admissions x ethnicity

RE Official information request WCDHB 9467

I refer to your email dated 23 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

In relation to West Coast DHB, please supply the following information under the Official Information Act 1982 for each of the years 2009 – 2020 being quarters one and two.

  1. Smoking status (inpatient) Total number of smokers x ethnicity in the DHB Mental Health and Addictions ward/s (including forensics)
  2. Admissions (inpatient) Total number of admissions x ethnicity to the DHB Mental Health and Addictions ward/s (including forensics)
  3. Smoking status (inpatient) Total number of inpatient smokers x ethnicity in the DHB General Hospital/s wards including elderly
  4. Admissions (inpatient) Total number of admissions x ethnicity to the DHB General Hospital/s wards including elderly

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Personal care hours. Personal care hours for February 2020 Hours: 1-40 / 41-80 / 81-120 / 121-160 / 160+ hours

RE Official information request WCDHB 9465

I refer to your email dated 18 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. (Being a follow up request to our response to you for WCDHB 9410). Specifically:

  • Can the West Coast DHB personal care hours be provided for the month of February 2020 into the following brackets; 1-40, 41-80, 81-120, 121-160, 160+ hours.

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The number of prefabricated buildings currently in use at hospitals?

RE Official information request WCDHB 9464

I refer to your email dated 7 August 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently transferred to us on 18 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

  • The number of prefabricated buildings currently in use at hospitals?

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Cerebral Palsy and Pain Management

RE Official information request WCDHB 9463

I refer to your email dated 22 July 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently transferred to us on 18 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from
West Coast DHB regarding Cerebral Palsy and Pain Management. Specifically:

1. What pain management services are available to children with Cerebral Palsy?
2. What pain management services are available to adults with Cerebral Palsy?
3. How are these services accessed?
4. Are these services available to all New Zealanders or only in some parts of the country?

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Mental Health, transgender, beds information request

*Number of mental health inpatient facility beds at DHB by name of facility.

*Number of people admitted as mental health inpatients who identify as transgender or gender diverse in the last 12 months.

*total number of people admitted as mental health inpatients in the last 12 months

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How many Maori are referred to DHB MHAS services in the past year

How many Maori are referred to DHB MHAS services in the past year; What is the average length of engagement; What diagnoses do these people present with; How many Maori are engaged in MHAS psychology services; How many Maori have requested psychological input, but declined; How many Maori are on psychology waitlists; What is the average waiting time for Maori on these psychology waitlists; How many Maori psychologists are employed by the DHBs; How many Maori psychologists are employed in a leadership capacity? For example, team leader or above; How many intern psychologist places do the DHB have; What is the supervision regime for the intern psychologists; What is the average length of service of psychologists within the DHB; How many Psychologists have left the DHB over the last twelve months, what was the reason given for leaving; How many psychologists are on work visa’s; How many vacancies for psychologists does the DHB have; How long have the vacancy’s for psychologists been open;
What current initiatives are in place to provide education inhouse to Psychologists; What plan is in place to expand FTE for the psychological services; Are there any psychologists at the DHB employed in the Emergency department;

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Q1 How COVID-19 has impacted on community oral health service for pre-school and primary school children

RE Official information request WCDHB 9452

I refer to email dated 1 July 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently partially transferred to us on 23 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding how COVID-19 has impacted on the community oral health service for pre-school and primary school children. Specifically question 1.

1. Can you please let me know the current percentage of overdue cases across the Northern, Midland, Central and Southern regions– and how that compares to the past two years.
a. What are the longest wait times?
b. Where are they?

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Breast reconstruction wait lists 2019/2020

RE Official information request CDHB 10349 and WCDHB 9447

I refer to your email dated 7 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB regarding breast reconstruction following a mastectomy. Specifically:

West Coast DHB: This level of plastic or reconstructive surgery for women from the West Coast is undertaken through tertiary services at Canterbury DHB.

  1. The number of clients who received immediate breast reconstruction following a mastectomy in 2019/20?
  2. The average breast reconstruction wait time for 2019/20?

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Number of dietitians employed. Salary step, continuing professional development.

RE Official information request WCDHB 9454

I refer to your email dated 24 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding dietitians. Specifically:

1. The actual number of dietitians – i.e. headcount.

2. The number of dietitians on each salary step.

3. For continuing professional development for DHB employed dietitians:

• Total budget for 2018 and 2019 financial years
• Total spend for 2018 and 2019 financial years
• A breakdown of:
• Spend on training
• Spend on all other professional development.

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Number of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Assistants, salary step, CPD budget and spend FYs 2018 and 2019

RE Official information request WCDHB 9453

I refer to your email dated 23 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding Pharmacy Assistants, Trainee Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Technicians, Intern Pharmacists, and Pharmacists. Specifically:

1. The actual number of Pharmacists – i.e. headcount.

a. The actual number of Pharmacy Technicians – i.e. headcount
b. The actual number of Pharmacy Assistants – i.e. headcount
c. The number of employees, broken down into Pharmacists, Technicians, and assistants on each salary step.

2. For continuing professional development for DHB employed pharmacy staff:

a. Total budget for 2018 and 2019 financial years
b. Total spend for 2018 and 2019 financial years
c. A breakdown of:

  • Spend on training for qualifications including technicians, level 5 and 6, pharmacist prescriber, and postgraduate diploma in clinical pharmacy.
  • Spend on all other professional development.

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Does the Board have a policy to prioritise Maori and/or Pasifika patients on elective surgery waiting lists? Pressures of deferred surgery due to COVID-19?

RE Official information request WCDHB 9460

I refer to your email dated 4 August 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. Does the Board have a policy to prioritise Maori and/or Pasifka patients on elective surgery waiting lists?
2. If so, how long has this policy been in force and when is it scheduled to end?
3. If so, what is the rationale for this policy?
4. If so, is the policy based on the pressures of deferred surgery due to COVID-19?
5. If there is no such policy, why has the Board not followed the lead of the Capital and Coast District Health Board?
6. What is the current number of deferred elective surgeries due to the pressures of COVID-19?

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Last financial year (2019/2020) Total sum paid direct to each medical college on behalf of all medical practitioners, and through reimbursements on behalf of SMOs and RMOs.

I refer to your email dated 21 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

  • The total sum paid to each medical college by your DHB on behalf of all medical practitioners. For the avoidance of doubt, this is sums paid by the DHB directly to medical colleges and through reimbursements on behalf of SMOs and RMOs. (Clarified as being for the last financial year.)

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Assaults last 3 years: Mental Health workers, ED workers, Maternity workers, Health workers

RE Official information request WCDHB 9450

I refer to your email dated 7 July 2020 sent to Ministry of Health which they subsequently transferred to us on 21 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. The number of complaints from mental health workers alleging they were assaulted in the workplace within the last 3 years. 

2. The number of complaints from health workers alleging they were assaulted while working at the Emergency Department over the last three years. age, sex, job title of the complainant

3. The number of complaints from health workers who have made allegations they were assaulted while working at maternity services over the last 3 years.

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COVID-19 border control impact on DHB clinical workforce

RE Official information request WCDHB 9449

I refer to your email dated 8 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. What percentage of your usual clinical workforce is overseas-trained?
2. If possible, please provide percentages of overseas-trained staffers in each of these categories: doctors, nurses, midwives, and allied health, science and technical professionals.
3. What impact do you expect border restrictions to have on the DHB workforce over the next year?
4. Are there specialities likely to be under pressure as a result of border restrictions? For example, because there is a small workforce in New Zealand or because of overseas training needs. If so, which specialties?
5. Is your DHB currently recruiting for any clinical positions which you cannot fill with New Zealand applicants?
6. If so, how many, and what is/are the positions?
7. Have you had any overseas-trained and recruited clinicians cut contracts short and return home because of Covid?
8. If so, how many, and in what category (doctor, nurse…)?

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The total number of annual leave days taken by all Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) in each of following months: December 2018, January 2019, December 2019 and January 2020.

RE Official information request WCDHB 9457

I refer to email dated 28 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. The total number of annual leave days taken by (all) Senior Medical Officers (SMOs) in your employ in each of the following months: December 2018, January 2019, December 2019 and January 2020

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Number of days annual leave taken by RMOs between 23/12/2019 and 12/01/2020

RE Official information request WCDHB 9455

I refer to your email dated 27 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

The total number of days annual leave taken by RMOs at your DHB between 23 December 2019 and 12 January 2020.

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Survey – how a person with cancer has their oral health needs assessed and addressed at each stage of their cancer journey in NZ. 17 questions.

RE Official information request WCDHB 9441

I refer to your email dated 29 June 2020 requesting information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding a survey you are conducting into “How a person with cancer has their oral health needs assessed and addressed at each stage of their cancer journey in NZ”.

Hospital dental services for people with cancer of the head and neck and of blood tumour streams for residents of the West Coast are primarily provided by and through specialist tertiary services at Canterbury DHB.

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Total number of patients referred to and seen by Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology specialities within specified time. Please provide the data from July 2019 to present by month (Attachment 1).Number of patients who underwent surgery for colorectal cancer and waiting time. Please provide the data from July 2019 to present by month (Attachment 2).

RE: OFFICIAL INFORMATION ACT REQUEST WCDHB 9397

I refer to your email dated 21 February 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB.

  1. Total number of patients referred to and seen by Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology specialities within specified time. Please provide the data from July 2019 to present by month (Attachment 1).
  2. Number of patients who underwent surgery for colorectal cancer and waiting time. Please provide the data from July 2019 to present by month (Attachment 2).

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Covid-19 preparedness assessments done on the six West Coast aged care providers

RE Official information request WCDHB 9444

I refer to your email dated 3 July 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

Please may I see the Covid-19 preparedness assessments done on the six West Coast aged care providers.

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Details on Anaesthetic Technicians employed by DHB

RE Official information request WCDHB 9443

I refer to your email dated 30 June 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

1. How many anaesthetic technicians are employed by the DHB and for each technician please provide the following: their FTE, their length of service as per their employment agreement, and what step on the salary scale they are paid, and what the salary for the step they are on is.

2. How much anaesthetic technician FTE is currently vacant at the DHB;

3. The number of anaesthetic technician trainees currently employed at the DHB;

4. The number of Maori and Pacifica anaesthetic technicians and trainees (identified separately) are employed at the DHB;

5. Both the budget for and the actual amount of money spent by the DHB on professional development for anaesthetic technicians in the 12 months from 1 June 2019 to 1 June 2020;

6. How much has been spent on locum and contractor anaesthetic technicians in the 12 months from 1 June 2019 to 1 June 2020. This will include all salary, wage or contractor fees as well as incidentals such as recruitment costs, travel and accommodation for such individuals.

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The current Ethnicity information for the Canterbury and the West Coast DHB

RE Official information request CDHB 10335 and WCDHB 9437

I refer to your email dated 18 June 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB.

The current Ethnicity information for the Canterbury and the West Coast DHB. Please also provide the same information as at 31 March 2017 or a date as close as possible to three years ago. Please provide the answers for the four following groups (Maori male, Maori female, Total male, total female).

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Deinstitutionalisation Mental-Health Facilities

RE Official information request WCDHB 9446

I refer to your email dated 21 June 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding the number of patients in psychiatric hospitals 1990 to 2010. I note your request was clarified on 7 July 2020. Specifically:

• The number of persons confined ‘living’ in Seaview Asylum in the years 1990 to 2010. Either as at 31 December of the year or annual average. Please include the proportion of people confined per 100,000 population (rate of confinement).

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Buller Health Locums

RE Official information request WCDHB 9445

I refer to your email dated 8 July 2020 requesting information from West Coast DHB under the Official Information Act on the number of locum and permanent doctors, and nurses, working at Buller Health for the year to 30 June 2020.

Buller Health includes both the general practice (Buller Medical) as well as the hospital service, and has doctors covering both areas. The doctors’ employment with us is not split or differentiated between general practice and hospital systems. For the purpose of this request, we have included all doctors working as either locum or permanent employees engaged in the Buller Health system.

1. How many locum doctors did Buller Health employ in the year to June 30, 2020, and how many FTE positions does that equate to?
2. How many permanent GPs did Buller Health employ in the same period and how many FTE positions does that equate to?
3. How many permanent GPs did Buller Health employ at June 30, 2020, and how many FTE positions does that equate to?
4. What was the cost of locum doctors for salaries and other expenses?
5. What was the minimum and maximum length of stay among locum doctors working at Buller Health during the year?
6. What was the cost of permanent doctors for salaries and other expenses?
7. How many practice nurses did Buller Health employ in the year to June 30, 2020, and what does that equate to in FTEs?
8. What was the cost of practice nurses for the year to June 30, 2020?

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Please provide the Letter of Understanding between the DHB and the PSA regarding an increase of penal rates for PSA members, effective 13/4/2020. clarified as referring to all DHBs that employ laboratory workers.

RE Official information request CDHB 10344 and WCDHB 9442

I refer to your email dated 19 May 2020 to TAS which they subsequently transferred to us on 29 June 2020 requesting information under the Official Information Act from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB.  Specifically:

• To provide the “Letter of Understanding” between the District Heath Boards (the DHBs) and the Public Service Association (the PSA) regarding an increase of penal rates for PSA members, effective 13 April 2020.

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COVID hospitalisation and mortality numbers by Maori, Non-Maori, Maori with lived experience of disability and non-Maori with lived experience of disability.

RE Official information request WCDHB 9448

I refer to your email dated 6 May 2020 to the Ministry of Health and which they partially transferred to us (received 9 July 2020) requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically questions 3 and 4 of your original request:

This request relates to the period 30 January 2020 (when Covid-19 became a public health emergency of international concern) and 30 April 2020.”

3. Covid-19 hospitalisation numbers by Māori, non-Māori, Māori with lived experience of disability (tāngata whaikaha) and non-Māori with lived experience of disability.

4. Covid-19 mortality numbers by Māori, non-Māori, Māori with lived experience of disability (tāngata whaikaha) and non-Māori with lived experience of disability.

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Access for support people in hospitals within DHB during Level 2 lockdown and Level 1. (Between 14 May and 8 June).

RE Official information request WCDHB 9439

I refer to your email dated 23 June 2020 requesting the following information under the Official
Information Act from West Coast DHB. Specifically:

The protocols the DHB had/have in relation to access for support people in the hospitals within your
DHB region during Level 2 lockdown (between 14 May and 8 June) and Level 1.

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Policies in regards to reporting unsafe, harmful, criminal behaviour, including the re-routing and interception of private communications, and policies on how they document such incidents and how they are to safeguard against such incidents

RE Official information request CDHB 10340 & WCDHB 9440

I refer to your email dated 17 June 2020 to the Ministry of Health, which they have subsequently partially
transferred to us on 24 June 2020, requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from
Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB. Specifically:

DHB policies in regard to reporting unsafe, harmful, criminal behaviour, including the re-routing and
interception of private communications, and policies on how they document such incidents and how they are to
safeguard against such incidents.

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Number of incidents where a member of the public had impersonated a physician, had gained unauthorised access to a surgical theatre or pathology lab and had engaged in the interception of private email communications between a patient and a DHB employee.

Total number of incidents involving an allegation that a member of the public had impersonated a physician 1/5/2019 – 31/8/2019.

Total number of incidents involving an allegation that a member of the public had gained unauthorised access to a surgical theatre or pathology lab 1/5/2019 – 13/8/2019.

Total number of incidents involving an allegation that a DHB employee had engaged in the interception of private email communications between a patient and a DHB employee between 1/1/2019 and 29/5/2020.

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Grey Base acute and community mental health facility: Please provide a copy of the new detailed seismic assessment.

RE Official information request WCDHB 9438

I refer to your email dated 23 June 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act
from West Coast DHB regarding Grey Base Acute and Community Mental Health facility. Specifically:

1. Please can you also provide a copy of the new detailed seismic assessment.

Please find attached as Appendix 1 the Grey Base Hospital Acute and Community Mental Health Detailed
Seismic Assessment dated 22 June 2020.

Please note we have redacted information pursuant to section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act i.e. ….to
protect the privacy of natural persons, including those deceased”.

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Number of people working in COVID-19 contact tracing each day from 1/12/2019 – 31/5/2020

RE Official information request CDHB 10330 and WCDHB 9435

I refer to your email dated 8 June 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB. Specifically:

  1. Please provide me with a table with the number of people working in COVID-19 contact tracing for each day from 1 December 2019 to 31 May 2020.

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Please provide the total cost of running the paging systems used in hospitals i.e. cost of equipment, maintenance, paging volume charges and support costs.

RE Official information request WCDHB 9431

We refer to your email dated 27 May 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently transferred to us on 29 May 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB re paging systems used in hospitals for important messages. Specifically:

  1. Could you please provide (for each DHB), the total cost of running the paging systems used in hospitals. i.e cost of equipment, maintenance, paging volume charges and support costs.

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Publishing of DHB Intranet policies, protocols, best practice documents to be published online. IANZ accreditation for Labs.

RE Official Information Act request CDHB 10325 AND WCDHB 9433

I refer to your email dated 30 May 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from Canterbury DHB AND West Coast DHB re publication of all DHB Policies, Protocols and Best Practice Documents. Specifically:

1. That your DHB make ALL your DHB policies, protocols and best practice documents publicly available.

2. Is your DHB laboratory and radiology departments, or the agencies your DHB has contract out pathology and radiology services, IANZ accredited?

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Questions relating to gender bias in our health system

Gender Bias in health system:

  1. Number of patients who waited longer than six hours in ED.
  2. Number prescribed painkillers after presenting to ED.
  3. Wait time for patient to be referred from ED to gynaecology, cardiology, urology.
  4. Number of declined referrals from ED.
  5. Number of complaints relating to a referral to a MH service. number of complaints relating to undiagnosed symptoms or misdiagnosed conditions.

All with breakdown by gender, ethnicity and age.

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Covid-19 Hospitalisation costs

RE Official information request WCDHB 9432

We refer to your email dated 1 June 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB re Covid-19 hospitalisation costs. Specifically:

  • The total cost to the DHB from Covid-19 hospitalisations, between February 28 and May 27, broken down by the reasons for the costs;
  • The total number of Covid-19 patient admissions between February 28 and May 27, broken down by whether they were in HDU, ICU or general/medical beds;
  • The total number of bed days related to Covid-19 patients;
  • The total number of Covid-19 patients who required the support of a ventilator while in hospital under DHB care

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Guidelines of your DHB which relate to referral for women for consideration of abortions

RE Official information request CDHB 10318 and WCDHB 9430

I request pursuant to the OIA:

  1. A copy of any guidelines of your DHB which relate to referral for women for consideration of first, second or third trimester abortions, including any guidelines operative before or after the enactment of the Abortion Legislation Act 2020. If your DHB has no such guidelines please

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Permission granted by Greymouth MOH for the 2014 Kaiata Range aerial 1080 operation conducted by Tb-Free NZ

RE Official information request WCDHB 9426

We refer to your email dated 25 April 2020 which the Ministry of Health subsequently partially transferred to
West Coast DHB on 12 May 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act.
Specifically questions 1 and 2:

1. Please provide a copy of the permission granted by Greymouth MOH for the 2014 Kaiata Range aerial
1080 operation conducted by Tb-Free NZ. The File Reference number is 4/767/GRYPH/CB.
A copy of this permission is attached as Appendix 1.

2. Please provide a copy of the audit of this operation.
A copy of the field audit notes and photographs taken by the field auditors are attached as Appendix 2.
Please note we have redacted information pursuant to section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act “… to
protect the privacy of individuals”.

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Number of births at WCDHB facilities and home births during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown from March 25 to April 27

RE Official information request WCDHB 9427

We refer to your email dated 14 May 2020 requesting the following information from West Coast DHB under the Official Information Act. Specifically:

1. I wish to receive information relating to the number of births at West Coast District Health Board facilities and home births during the nationwide coronavirus lockdown from March 25 to April 27.

2. Can this information be broken down by location: at Grey Base Hospital, other West Coast DHB facilities, or a home birth, and by date and sex.

3. Can figures also be provided for the same period in 2019.

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All reports which considered fetal and infant mortality rates in the West Coast DHB

RE Official information request WCDHB 9434

I refer to your email dated 25 May 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they subsequently transferred to us on 3 June 2020 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB re West Coast Fetal and Infant Mortality. Specifically:

  • Please provide all reports in the Ministry’s possession which were commissioned or produced by or for the Ministry of Health or West Coast DHB which considered fetal and infant mortality rates in the West Coast DHB. The scope of this OIA is for all reports of the described nature between 2015 and 2020.

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Number of ECT (Electro convulsive treatment) devices in hospitals

RE Official information request WCDHB 9429

We refer to your email dated 11 May 2020 to the Ministry of Health which they have subsequently partially transferred to us on 21 May 2020 requesting the following information from West Coast DHB under the Official Information Act. Specifically question 1 below.

1. Given that Electroconvulsive Treatment has been used as a method of torture historically in New Zealand, can you please inform me of the precise number of these devices in NZ hospitals in present time?

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Use of requisitioning powers – provide details on your organisation’s use of requisitioning powers authorised under the state of emergency or under the epidemic notice

RE Official information request CDHB 10308 and WCDHB 9425

We refer to your email dated 7 May 2020 requesting the following information from Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB under the Official Information Act regarding the use of requisitioning powers.

In terms of the Official Information Act, please provide me with detail on your organisation’s use of requisitioning powers authorised under the state of emergency or under the epidemic notice. I would like to know what sorts of goods have been requisitioned, how frequently this has happened, and what compensation has been offered.

Note that I am making the same request of the Ministry of Health, the District Health Boards, and Civil Defence.

1. I would like copies of any requisition orders provided under 90(3) of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act, as well as copies of any requisition orders produced under 90(5) of the same Act. I also request detail of any compensation provided.
2. I would also like copies of any requisition orders produced under 71 (1) of the Public Health Act, also with detail of any compensation provided.
3. Please also provide any background papers, policies, guidelines, advice, or related documents on the use of requisitioning powers

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