New Report on the state of New Zealand’s public hospital services

Hospital specialists from New Zealand have warned that public hospitals have reached a tipping point in a new report entitled: Hospitals on the Edge.

Produced by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, the report contains statistical analysis as well as comments from working specialists, who have requested anonymity.

The report’s findings include:

  • Acute hospital admissions growing at more than twice the rate of population growth.
  • Emergency Department use growing at more than twice the rate of population growth
  • Estimated 430,000 children and adults with unmet need for hospital care.

The report contains a series of recommended actions for the Government.

The report can be read in full here: https://www.asms.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/12671-Hospitals-on-the-Edge-WEB.pdf

PRESS COVERAGE

Health Central - https://healthcentral.nz/new-zealands-health-system-at-tipping-point/

Stuff  - https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/117675349/precarious-state-of-the-countrys-hospitals-laid-bare-by-senior-doctors-union

NZ Herald - https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12288090