Planning and Funding Telephone: 0064 3 364 4193
P O Box 1600
15 June 2022
Email: [FYI request #19607 email];
RE Official Information Act request CDHB 10899 & WCDHB 9709
We are writing to acknowledge your email dated 7 June 2022 to Ministry of Health which they subsequently
transferred to us this morning requesting the following information under the Official Information Act from
Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB regarding outsourcing elective surgeries. Specifically:
1. The total number of procedures outsourced by year (including the year to date) for the past five
2. For each year, provide a breakdown of the type of procedure.
3. For each year, provide the total spend on outsourced elective surgeries.
4. For each year, provide the amount that these surgeries would have cost the DHBs if they had
not been outsourced.
We will consider your request against the provisions of the Official Information Act (see below and advise you
of our decision regarding the release of information within 20 working days (being the statutory timeframe
provided within the Act.) Accordingly, and taking into account the public holiday on the 24 June 2022, we will
notify you no later than 15 July 2022 of our decision. Please note:
Due to the pandemic, staff throughout our system have been redeployed and are involved with
dealing with the response to Omicron/COVID-19. This work will take priority and may create delays in our
ability to respond to Official Information Act requests.
Your request is being handled by Kathleen Smitheram. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact
either myself (details above) or Kathleen. ([email address];
phone (03) 364-4134).
Please refer to the OIA number above when phoning or emailing. If any additional factors come to light which
are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.
Ralph La Salle Senior Manager, OIAs
Canterbury DHB & West Coast DHB
15 Decisions on requests
(1) Subject to this Act, the department or Minister of the Crown or organisation to whom a request is made in accordance
with section 12 or is transferred in accordance with section 14 of this Act or section 12 of the Local Government Official
Information and Meetings Act 1987 shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days
after the day on which the request is received by that department or Minister of the Crown or organisation,—
(1)(a) decide whether the request is to be granted and, if it is to be granted, in what manner and for what charge (if any);
(1)(b) give or post to the person who made the request notice of the decision on the request
[If we are unable to make a decision on your request by the date noted above, we will notify you of an extension of that