Health not the only system ailing

Health not the only system ailing
The health system is in dire straits, but other problems are looming too. (Image: NZME)
Dileepa Fonseka
The health system seems stuck in something of a death spiral at the moment. Staff are leaving because of poor working conditions; working conditions are poor because there are not enough medical staff. We can’t train more staff because there are not enough senior staff to supervise them after they graduate. As for the patient end of things, emergency department queues are long because people are coming in with more serious conditions that require more time. People are in such a serious state because they can’t get a r...

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