The nurses’ union says the case of a Code 19 positive patient at Middlemore Hospital shows how health boards have failed to prepare for the infection.
Four wards are closed, patients are being isolated and 29 staff have been deployed after the case of Covid 19 was inadvertently admitted on Saturday.
Health Minister Andrew Little says the hospital is well-equipped to deal with the virus.
But Kerry Noko, head of the Nurses’ Organization, says such mistakes are part of a failed, low-resource system.
He said a case of Covid 19 was unavoidable and the hospital was caught unprepared – with huge psychological implications for staff, their families and the general population.
Meanwhile, more than 4 million doses of the Covid 19 vaccine have now been given in New Zealand.
Speaking in today’s government update, which revealed that there are 15 new community cases today, Covid 19 Response Minister Chris Hopkins said 2.6 million New Zealanders had received their first dose, including 366,000 who had previously Weeks had their shots.
“People can leave their homes to get the vaccine, but that doesn’t mean crossing the line,” said Dr. Ashley Bloomfield, director general of health.
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