If there has been a perception that the emergency department
of Dunedin Hospital has for some years stumbled from one
crisis to the next, then the latest revelations concerning
staffing do little to assuage that image.
A senior Dunedin
Hospital emergency department specialist says Southern
District Health Board management appear to have backtracked
on recruiting an extra 4.5 senior medical officers for the
Improvements to the way
patients' allergies are recorded will flow from the planned
extension of the hospital electronic prescribing system
piloted at Dunedin Hospital, hospital information technology
clinical leader Dr Andrew Bowers says.
Delays in recruiting
anaesthetists to allow extra acute surgery at Dunedin
Hospital illustrates the country's continuing specialist
workforce crisis, Associated Salaried Medical Specialists
executive director Ian Powell says.