West Coast District Health Board
Te Poari Hauora a Rohe o Tai Poutini
Telephone 03 768 0499
High Street, Greymouth
Fax 03 768 2791
27 May 2015
Ms Rosemary Lynch
Email [email address];
Dear Ms Lynch Re: Official Information Request WCDHB 8412
Thank you for your request under the Official Information Act (1982), dated 24 May 2015
and transferred to us from the Ministry of Health requesting the following information.
How much money is spent annually on the purchase of hollow-bore needles for use
in the NZ public healthcare system, and who is the provider of these supplies?
What are the numbers and types of hollow-bore needles purchased annually for
use in public health?
How many public health care workers, who have experienced a needle stick injury
while in the workplace, test positive for Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus
(HCV), and/or the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) annually?
Does the Ministry have any plans and/or policies in place to reduce instances of
needle stick injuries in the pubic healthcare system?
As required under the Official Information Act (1982), the West Coast District Health Board
will respond to your request within 20 working days. You should therefore receive a
response on or before 25 June 2015.
If a large amount of information has been requested or if the West Coast District Health
Board needs to consult in order to make a decision, we may need to extend this date (this is
provided for in section 15A of the Act) We will advise you if such an extension is necessary.
Yours sincerely Michael Frampton
P.O. Box 387, Greymouth