die after surgery than non-Māori - report
A new study, published today in the New Zealand Medical Journal, found that no matter the type of surgery, a significant disparity existed.
The study, led by Otago University's Jason Gurney (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine), looked at the 3.9 million surgical procedures carried out in New Zealand between 2005 and 2017.
Looking at instances where someone died within 30 days of an operation, Dr Gurney said they found one common observation: "No matter where we look, Māori are more likely to die within 30 days of a surgical procedure."
That observation remained when they looked at 90-day results. There were some exceptions where the disparity was small, but they were in small fields like neurosurgery.