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


Poor hospital standards a result of poor government funding

“Poor hospital standards a result of poor government funding”

“Poor hygiene standards and other shortcomings uncovered by a Ministry of Health audit at Capital & Coast Health District Health Board are examples of many hidden failings in our public hospitals nationwide,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was referring to the audit obtained under the Official Information Act by the Dominion Post and reported on today.

“Nationally we are seeing a rundown of public hospital services caused by continuing government underfunding as they face growing service demands (including from government) and increasing costs.”

“Circumstances vary between DHBs but, to one to degree or another, bad hidden stories exist in all of them.”

“The government and health bosses are too focused on spin and image while covering up the shortcomings in their facilities and increasing pressures on staff, who are continually expected to do more. For senior doctors, who have been coping with entrenched staff shortages, the mounting workloads and poor working conditions are becoming untenable and increasingly unsafe.”

“The Government and DHBs need to understand very quickly that attempts to do things on the cheap come at a high price,” concluded Mr Powell

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


13/10: 40 Years Since The Māori Land March Arrived At Parliament

Traffic into Wellington came to a standstill as thousands of Māori and Pākehā streamed along the motorway into the capital on 13 October 1975, concluding the Māori land march to parliament. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news