Leaks in Dunedin Hospital's operating theatre suite are an
ongoing maintenance problem, the Southern District Health
Board said yesterday.
The problem was highlighted at a public meeting hosted by
Labour MPs last Friday in Dunedin.
This week, patient services director Lexie O'Shea told the
Otago Daily Times the board had fixed leaks, and was
monitoring the trouble spot.
''We have worked to ensure that any issues with leaks have
been addressed. This has included replacing window seals and
roof flashing when issues were raised.
"We are continuing to keep an eye on the problem and will
undertake further maintenance as required. There is no
electrical safety risk,'' she said on Monday.
Yesterday, the Otago Daily Times learned the suite was
leaking in two places: near an operating theatre, and in a
sterile supply unit.
In response, Steve Addison, communications director, said
yesterday's ''very wet weather'' caused ''some issues with
leaking'', which would be repaired.
The leaks were an ongoing maintenance problem, he said.
Dunedin North MP David Clark said the leaking theatre suite
was indicative of the failure to invest in Dunedin Hospital.
The same lack of investment probably contributed to last
week's IT crash, he said.
Dr Clark said he had been shocked to hear at Friday's meeting
about the leaks.
Staff had approached him immediately after the meeting to say
they were scared to speak during the public event because of
Dunedin Hospital's ''culture of fear'', he said.
''Tight political management'' was being used to keep a lid
on issues at the hospital, but it was not working, he said.