9 in 10 health workers feel understaffed

///9 in 10 health workers feel understaffed

Nine out of ten people working in health say they don’t have enough staff or resources, according to a new survey.

The YesWeCare.nz Survey of 6,000 health workers found:

  • 90% say the health system doesn’t have the staff and resource required to give New Zealanders the healthcare they need when they need it.
  • 61% say New Zealanders access to health care over the last five years has decreased.
  • 72% say their workload and work pressures aren’t reasonable.
  • 84% say their workload and work pressures have increased over the last five years.
  • 90% say the Government’s current level of health funding is affecting New Zealanders’ access to healthcare.
  • 82% say the Government’s current level of health funding is affecting their workload and work pressure.

YesWeCare.nz is a new community – health workforce coalition for better health funding.

Emergency Nurse Nico Woodward says health underfunding is New Zealand’s biggest health risk.

“I get as frustrated and angry as patients and families with emergency department delays,” he says. “Not being able to care for someone, when you know you could if you were staffed properly, is distressing.”

Mr Woodward says health funding hasn’t kept up with an ageing and growing population.

The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) estimates the government has underfunded health by more than $1.85 billion.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) Industrial Advisor Lesley Harry says underfunding is now affecting patient safety.

“Poor access to care, care-rationing, health-worker burnout and strained infrastructure are now common,” she says. “The 2016 Budget made it clear that the Government was not properly assessing current or future funding needs.”

Health underfunding roadshow

Mr Woodward has put his nursing career on hold to join YesWeCare.nz’s national roadshow.

The coalition is launching their campaign at 38 towns across the country to raise awareness about health underfunding.

The events will include local stories and 200 life size cut-outs of health workers missing due to underfunding.

The roadshow starts this Saturday 4 March in Bluff and finishes in Cape Reinga on Wednesday 29 March.

ENDS

Contact

For further information and for interviews, please contact Simon Oosterman on 027 526 8704

Notes for editors

YesWeCare.nz

The YesWeCare.nz coalition includes 83,000 Kiwis working in health, their unions, ActionStation and the People’s Mental Health Review.

Local health underfunding launches/roadshow

Local campaign launches provide a local media opportunity which will include:

  • Strong visual of 200 life-size cut-outs of health workers missing due to underfunding. (Click:https://www.yeswecare.nz/roadshow/ for a visual example.)
  • Compelling local personal story about the impact of underfunding from a patient / service-user or person working in health or local spokesperson.
  • Local results from our national health worker survey.
  • Local underfunding figures and number of missing staff.

Town, date and time

The latest details are available at www.yeswecare.nz/roadshow/list

Note: It takes a minimum of an hour to set up the cut-outs and another hour to pack them down. We have strict timelines as we are running more than one event a day in some locations. The best time for on-location media, photos and media are listed below.

 

Day Event Event setup from On location media interview time Event pack down by
Sat 4 Mar Bluff 5:00 6:00 – 6:30 8:00
Sun 5 Mar Invercargill 9:00 10:00 – 10:30 12:00
Sun 5 Mar Dunedin 16:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Mon 6 Mar Oamaru 10:30 12:00 – 12:30 14:00
Mon 6 Mar Timaru 15:30 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Tue 7 Mar Ashburton 10:30 12:00 – 12:30 14:00
Tue 7 Mar Christchurch 16:30 17:30 – 18:00 19:00
Wed 8 Mar Greymouth 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Thu 9 Mar Nelson 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Fri 10 Mar Blenhiem 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Sun 12 Mar Wellington 10:00 11:00 – 11:30 13:00
Sun 12 Mar Lower Hutt 14:00 15:15 – 15:45 17:00
Mon 13 Mar Masterton 7:00 8:00 – 9:00 11:00
Mon 13 Mar Palmerston North 15:00 16:30 – 17:30 18:00
Tue 14 Mar Levin 10:00 11:30 – 12:00 13:00
Tue 14 Mar Whanganui 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Wed 15 Mar Hawera 10:00 11:30 – 12:00 13:00
Wed 15 Mar New Plymouth 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Thu 16 Mar Hastings 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Fri 17 Mar Wairoa 11:00 12:00 – 12:30 13:30
Fri 17 Mar Gisborne 15:30 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Sun 19 Mar Whakatane 8:00 10:00 – 10:30 12:00
Sun 19 Mar Taupo 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Mon 20 Mar Tokoroa 10:30 11:30 – 12:00 13:30
Mon 20 Mar Rotorua 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Tue 21 Mar Tauranga 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Wed 22 Mar Thames 10:00 11:00 – 11:30 13:00
Wed 22 Mar Hamilton 15:30 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Thu 23 Mar Pukekohe 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Fri 24 Mar Auckland – East Auckland 10:30 12:00 – 12:30 14:30
Fri 24 Mar Auckland – Manukau 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Sat 25 Mar Auckland – Henderson 10:00 11:30 – 12:00 14:00
Sat 25 Mar Auckland – North Shore 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Sun 26 Mar Auckland City 10:00 11:30 – 12:30 14:00
Sun 26 Mar Auckland – Greenlane 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Mon 27 Mar Auckland – Rodney 7:00 8:15 – 8:45 10:00
Mon 27 Mar Whangarei 15:00 17:00 – 17:30 19:00
Wed 29 Mar Cape Reinga 18:00 20:00 – 20:30 22:00

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