Rationale used to justify reducing bed numbers at the
Southern District Health Board does not stack up and poses a
clinical risk, a letter from the New Zealand Resident Doctors
Association and aligned health unions to Southern District
Health Board says.
A surgical swab left inside a patient and a patient who fell
off the operating table were among incidents reported by the
Southern District Health Board in the annual adverse events
report, released yesterday.
There are likely to be more deaths from antibiotic-resistant
superbugs but a ''doomsday'' scenario is unlikely, University
of Otago Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases director Prof
Kurt Krause says.
Official figures showing only 13% of child head and neck
injuries were intentional might reflect inadequate
information recording, a University of Otago academic told
delegates at the Paediatric Society of New Zealand's 65th
annual scientific meeting in Dunedin yesterday.