The Southern District Health Board said last night it was
confident its nursing numbers in Dunedin were adequate.
The board does not accept the concerns made public by the New
Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) last week about a
''staffing crisis'' affecting patient care in Dunedin
Hospital and Wakari Hospital.
The board and NZNO delegates met about the issue late
Health board nursing and midwifery director Leanne Samuel
said it was important to keep the matter in perspective, and
she did not agree the situation was a crisis.
''We are confident our staffing levels are suitable, but are
keen to discuss further any adjustments to ensure we provide
the best possible patient care.''
Last week, after a meeting attended by about 300 nurses, the
union said members were rationing care, and were concerned
about the effect on patients.
''[Yesterday's] meeting allowed us to explore further some of
the issues raised by nurses [last week]. We will now work
together with the NZNO on developing a range of solutions,''
Mrs Samuel said.