To be attributed to Margie Apa, Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand’s chief executive:
“Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand apologises for making a publication error in data on our website for November and December 2022, related to shorter stay in Emergency Departments, for 10 local areas.
We want to assure the public the underlying data collection, collation and assessment was and remains robust; the error we made related to the publication process.
We have identified what went wrong in our pre-publication assurance process, and have implemented a change. This is important to maintain public confidence in our health system.
The incorrect data was taken down from our website this morning.
The data will be updated tomorrow once we have completed the required data extract and validation process.
We sincerely regret this error, and fully recognise how critical integrity is for our published data.”
Note, the ten local areas were Northland, South Canterbury, Southern, Tairawhiti, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Waitemata, West Coast and Whanganui.