“Our Health System needs Life Support”is the title of a thread today on Trademe.co.nz. Here’s what caused it
The DHB, which covers Otago and Southland, has lost its full accreditation to train doctors and has only been given interim approval.
From 30 November, the annual intake of new doctors, fresh from medical school, will begin in hospitals nationwide.
But the Medical Council’s report on the Southern DHB‘s training uncovered 19 failings including no formal orientation for new doctors, no manager being responsible for supervision and no requirement for doctors to do handovers about patients.
Resident Doctors’ Association national president Dr Deborah Powell said the Southern DHB had only just scraped through its assessment by the Medical Council’s team. “SDHB passed its last MCNZ accreditation three years ago, so these failures have come about in a reasonably short timeframe and under the incumbent management,” Dr Powell said.
“It also comes on top of Southern DHB’s ICU [intensive care unit] department losing training accreditation for 2015/2016, and the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association withdrawing advanced orthopaedic trainees from Dunedin Hospital effective December 2015.” …source
Major equipment failures, patients at risk
Last year an Official Information Act request by Annette King revealed there had been major equipment failures, including power outages to wards and an incident in 2014 where a public lift “free fell”down five storeys.
In April One News broadcast a story from a whistleblowing nurse who said that Dunedin Hospital’s facilities were putting patients at risk
ONE News has spoken to a senior nurse and health and safety representative at the hospital who says it’s now so bad operations are sometimes being delayed. Deslee Howell has had enough of the hospital facilities after working there for the past 14 years. “This is patient safety that we are putting at risk. We’ve got new health and safety legislation coming in in 2015 and I don’t think we’re going to do well,” says Ms Howell.
“If we had been a factory we’d have been shut down”
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