Clinicians express concern at Hawke's Bay hospital

The ongoing challenges for hospitals dealing with acute staff shortages and delays in treatment have been laid bare in

The minutes of a meeting between senior clinicians at Hawke's Bay hospital reveal high levels of concern, not only about patients but also the support from health officials - with issues across a range of specialities.

Orthopaedics are reporting it is operating essentially as an "acute or semi-acute service" with patients waiting at home for days to weeks with fractures before getting surgery.

In the leaked minutes, a group of senior medical officers (SMOs) said they knew they were failing to meet the needs of the community, and a lot of this was because of inadequate infrastructure.

Link to video and article: Exclusive: Clinicians express concern at Hawke's Bay hospital (1news.co.nz)


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