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26 03, 2017

Isaac Sayal, Alcohol and Drug Clinician

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Aucklanders expecting help with their drug and alcohol problems are receiving the bare minimum assistance because of overwork and understaffing. According to Isaac Sayal, an alcohol and drug clinician and PSA delegate at Pitman House in Pt Chevalier, this is because health workers are having to focus more on the productivity targets demanded by their [...]

26 03, 2017

Andy Colwell, Mental Health Social Worker and Kay McRae Theatre Nurse

By | 2017-06-16T21:15:43+00:00 March 26th, 2017|What's new, Your stories|0 Comments

Auckland Hospital staff say they are having to “paper over the cracks” as our healthcare system struggles with an ever-increasing population. At an event highlighting issues around healthcare underfunding held at Auckland Hospital on Sunday, people heard of a maternity care system that’s down 22 midwives and mental health workers buckling under an impossible workload. [...]

25 03, 2017

Hamish Hutchinson, Emergency Department Nurses

By | 2017-06-16T21:19:47+00:00 March 25th, 2017|What's new, Your stories|0 Comments

If hospital emergency departments were established to treat people in immediate, life-threatening situations they are now where people go when they have run out of options. “We say units like ours should only be used for emergencies,” says Hamish Hutchinson, a nurse at the emergency department of Waitakere Hospital for the past four years and [...]

24 03, 2017

Wendy Matthews: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

By | 2017-06-16T20:39:58+00:00 March 24th, 2017|What's new, Your stories|0 Comments

Howick resident Wendy Matthews has the ill-fortune of having an illness that not only falls through the cracks of our health system, it isn’t even recognised. She has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), a condition recognised in the United States and Britain, but cuts little ice with funding bodies in this country. Unable to get any [...]

23 03, 2017

Claire Eyes: Midwife

By | 2017-06-16T20:38:35+00:00 March 23rd, 2017|What's new, Your stories|0 Comments

Maternity care in the Counties-Manukau region is in crisis says a Pukekohe-based midwife with more than 30 years experience. The number of available midwives is now so low that senior midwives who normally co-ordinate the overall provision of maternity support are expected to fill the gaps without pay. “In 33 years,’’ says Claire Eyes from [...]