Emergency departments in Auckland, New Zealand, are performing below newly issued national rankings of district health boards (DHB) because of overcrowding.

The Auckland DHB’s emergency departments only discharge, admit to a ward or transfer 70% of patients within the required six-hour period, missing the 95% target, according to NZ Herald.

All seven DHB’s from Taupo north scored well on attending to cancer radiation therapy but failed to cut waiting times for patients’ stays in emergency departments.

Auckland DHBs did, however, achieve first place for increasing the number of patients receiving elective surgery but slipped to 18th for shorter emergency department stays.