News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


CDHB Should Have Acute Records Agreement

CDHB Should Have Acute Records Agreement

“NUPE delegates have strongly criticised the Canterbury District Health Board for not seeking a Life Preserving Services Agreement with NUPE acute desk staff in Clinical Records prior to the five day strike at Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) Hospitals,” said Martin Cooney, organiser with the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE).

He was commenting after a delegates’ meeting which continued the strike action for another day. “The day’s action will include a picket outside CDHB HQ (Luney House) at 11am when the Health Advisory Committee will be meeting and a march to Labour Party HQ (Tim Barnett’s office) at 12 noon.”

Martin Cooney said the striking NUPE members include most of the clinical records staff in the CDHB. “Before the strike began the Board acknowledged and identified the acute desk clinical records staff as providing a life preserving service. However they then withdrew the request.”

“The Hospital has already admitted that surgery is being delayed because of delays with medical records,” said Martin Cooney. “Equally worrying is the impact on the acute desk (for Emergency Department records) when replacement staff are Change Project Team members and former managers who do not know the new system.”

“Running the acute desk for the Emergency Department in this way is playing Russian Roulette with patient’s lives,” said Martin Cooney. “And to have the Board pretending that all is well with services is straight out misinformation.”

“There had been significant problems finding and delivering patient files before the strike started due to the introduction of a controversial new system a year ago,” said Martin Cooney.

“Our Union and its members are making it clear that we are not responsible if any life is threatened or even lost due to mistakes made or files not being available during the strike. NUPE offered to discuss life preserving services.”

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi.

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


CDF Tim Keating: NZ Somme Centenary

"Our generals also knew what to expect, and they built that knowledge into their planning. Each of the four set-piece attacks was fought with a single brigade, with the expectation that the brigade would be used up. A fresh brigade would then be brought up to conduct the next set-piece..." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news