accessing Auckland's main detox unit
Checkpoint understands those who fall ill waiting for a bed at Pitman House are instead advised to go to already-overloaded emergency departments (EDs). Waitematā DHB, however, contends EDs provide an adequate short-term solution.
Meanwhile, it has emerged some staff are concerned about the medical detox unit's move into Auckland's CBD.
Whaea Michelle Kidd's walked the halls and entered the cells at Auckland District Court for decades. She supports the vulnerable, addicted and homeless as they navigate the justice system.
The country's biggest city is severely lacking in inpatient medical detox services, she told Checkpoint.