There's doubt looser self-isolation rules for healthcare workers would solve staff shortages.
Non-urgent surgeries have been canned for at least four weeks at Auckland City Hospital and Greenlane Hospital.
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists executive director Sarah Dalton told Mike Hosking the care of people who don't have Covid is already being delayed.
She says hospital staff having to isolate because of Omicron is making that difficult.
“I think we all agree we don’t want to turn hospitals into super-spreader sites.”