Hospital staff overworked - PSA
Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:52p.m.
Hospital staff are overworked and services are suffering because vacancies aren't being filled, the Public Service Association says.
Its survey released on Wednesday says some staff aren't able to take breaks or annual leave because of shortages.
Labour's health spokeswoman, Maryan Street, says it's the result of Government pressure to cut costs and get budgets under control.
"The result of insufficient and misplaced funding is having a huge impact on frontline services," she said.
"The PSA's survey results show lab tests have been dangerously delayed and physiotherapy hasn't been available to rehabilitate stroke patients."
Ms Street says Health Minister Tony Ryall's instruction for more elective surgery means the needs of other services are being ignored.
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9/08/2012 8:49:19 a.m.
Chris my dad just spent 2 weeks in a secure retirement unit and we have nothing but praise for the staff. Yes they were understaffed due to illness and costs but we were more than happy to help with our dad as we do at home and believe me we had family there almost constantly so nothing was missed. Perhaps familys should take more responsibility for their loved ones and at least attend visits once a week when in homes as some residents did not have a visitor the whole time we were there and staff said dad had had more visitors in 1 afternoon than most in a year.
8/08/2012 1:42:18 p.m.
the government & family of people in resthomes need to be looked at age people are negected by uncaring people very little or no training some cannot speak or understand english they are like the kiwi cheap workers take a good long hard look at your loved ones in resthomes because alot of the time what you see is not what what they are getting
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