Stuff has an article today about migrants clogging hospitals.
Christchurch Hospital’s emergency department (ED) is the busiest it has ever been and foreign rebuild workers have been pinpointed as the likely main cause.
Migrant workers with illnesses as minor as colds are “clogging up” ED because they are not enrolling with GPs in Christchurch, a business leader says.
The city’s health sector is calling for the workers to enrol at medical practices to take pressure off the hospital.
ED has seen an increase of up to 20 per cent in the number of patients not enrolled with a GP, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) planning and funding manager Carolyn Gullery said.
The biggest surge was a 94 per cent increase in non-enrolled patients in the 20- to 29-year age bracket, which had seen a 94 per cent increase. This was “much higher than any other age group”, she said. Read more »