RE Official Information Act request WCDHB 9378
I refer to your email, dated 26 November 2019 requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from West Coast DHB regarding chronic pain services for the population of our district health board. Specifically:
1. Are chronic pain services separately funded by the DHB? If so please provided data on:
o Budgeted and actual expenditure in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019
o Number of pain specialists/consultants employed by the DHB
o Number of patients (both non-ACC and ACC patients) who received services in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019
o Average waiting times for an appointment following referral from a GP or other health practitioner
o Makeup and dedicated FTE of the multidisciplinary team workforce.
2. If there is no chronic pain service, please provide information on:
o Where patients are referred to, and the average waiting times for assessment and treatment in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019
o Number of patients referred for services out of the district in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019.
3. What steps is the DHB taking to improve chronic pain services?