In the second quarter of this year Fraser Health has continued performing more surgeries and MRIs than normal but those numbers are well below the procedures the Health Authority accomplished int he first three months of the year.
Fraser Health spokesperson Tasleem Juma says from April to June of this year 200 more surgeries and 450 more MRIs were done.
“It’s due to a lot of focus, a lot of attention paid to finding efficiencies in our services, a lot of hard work on the part of our staff to be able to be able to provide those additional surgeries over and above what we would normally perform in that same period of time.”
However those numbers are a fraction of what was accomplished from January to March when Fraser Health was in a push to reduce wait times.
That is when the Health Authority did 800 more surgeries and 3,400 more MRIs.
Juma says an extra cash boost in January from money left at the end of the fiscal year allowed for the stronger first quarter numbers.
“It can be dollars but it’s also a matter of how we perform our surgeries it’s better management of the resources withing operating rooms to be sure that we can be as efficient as possible with our dollar resources as well as our human resources.”
No word on just how much more money allowed for that increase.
Each quarter the region performs an average 20-thousand surgeries.
The average number of MRIs have also not been provided.