Auckland Hospital visitor rules have been tightened following a commotion by staff, patients and unions.
It was allowing two people per patient but it has changed to one person for a maximum of two hours.
Auckland Hospital is also making it clear to nurses and doctors which managers they can complain to if members of the public are breaking the rules.
Yesterday, the nurses’ union, NZNO, explained. Fear of hundreds of visitors being allowed to visit Auckland DHB hospitals. Due to the spread of the delta, the area is at the highest level of Cove 19.
The Union of Junior Doctors says there should be no visitors except on compassionate grounds, while the city is in a level 4 lockdown.
Deborah Powell, national secretary of the Resident Doctors’ Association, said staff and patients were being put at unnecessary risk.
“We still think it’s a threat that needs to be eliminated, and it’s a matter of health and safety. If we can eliminate such threats, we need to.
“Clearly, the situation we’re facing in Middle Moore this morning, you know about another patient with Covid who had a patient admitted to our hospital, who is an easy visitor. Could be
“It’s not a threat we should have fun with at the moment.”
Asked why Auckland DHB rules differ from Auckland City Hospital, Powell said: “That’s a good question, and one we’ve asked Auckland.”
“We don’t have an answer for that. It’s almost like they don’t want to back down anymore and Auckland Hospital expelled all the students, for example, those visitors from the hospital for fear of the community transmission of Coved. Keep allowing.
“One of the problems with our current system is that each of these district health boards is an independent state – that’s the term we use for it, they use it themselves.
“ultimately , [chief executive] Is responsible. Due to our current setup, [Director-General of Health] Dr. Bloomfield cannot guide them. “
Doctors were waiting for a change in the health system.
Powell said not all unions are happy with the threat posed by visitors.
“We are all here with one mind in mind and collectively we are working hard with ADHB – they have improved the situation, I will give it to them, but it is not far off.”