A perspective on Jacinda’s grandfather

via Stuff

Guest Post

I’m a health professional very familiar with hospitals, both in emergency departments and on the wards.

There is so much I could say about the inappropriate use of heath and emergency services by people who should know better, including going to the emergency department instead of going to their GP, to after hour hours medical centres, or using their brain and looking after themselves in the case of mild viral illnesses or a short dose of vomiting and diarrhoea.  

Hospitals are desperately under resourced for a variety of reasons including inappropriate patient presentations and poor financial prioritisation. The bottle neck of getting patients out of ward beds so new patients can be admitted from ED is an enormous problem.

There is an expectation that patient’s family and friends come and collect them when it is appropriate for them to be discharged. Patients and their families cannot expect hospitals to accommodate patients overnight at the cost of hundreds of dollars per hour just because it is not convenient for someone to come and collect the patient. It is not a hotel. Patients need to be discharged as soon as is practicable in order to make the bed available for someone who needs it because they are actually ill.

How dare Jacinda throw those good people who were looking after her grandfather under the bus for political capital.

How low can she go?

 

-Name withheld by request

 


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