Jonathan Coleman: Hospitals in good shape

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 18 Sep 2017, 9:20AM
At other DHBs, hospitals are running at capacity amid complaints of under-staffing and funding shortfalls. (Photo \ Getty Images)

Jonathan Coleman: Hospitals in good shape

Author
Newstalk ZB staff,
Publish Date
Mon, 18 Sep 2017, 9:20AM

The Health Minister is adamant the country's hospitals are in good heart.

That's despite anecdotal evidence to the contrary.

Last week, it was revealed a baby died because Waikato Hospital had only one operating theatre for C-sections, and DHB board members weren't informed.

At other DHBs, hospitals are running at capacity amid complaints of under-staffing and funding shortfalls.

Jonathan Coleman told Rachel Smalley hospital emergency departments are busy due to a particularly severe flu season.

"Overall more people are getting more access to services more quickly and in greater numbers than before."

LISTEN ABOVE AS JONATHAN COLEMAN SPEAKS WITH RACHEL SMALLE

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