The Auckland District Health Board has revised its “comfortable” visitor policy. The nurses’ union took legal action. Against staff safety concerns.
On Saturday, the New Zealand Nurses’ Organization (NZNO) announced that it had filed a complaint with the Employment Relations Authority after it claimed that the DHB had refused to talk to its representatives about it. Has given Members’ concerns Under Alert Level 4
Industry Adviser David Weight said. ADHB’s visitor policy Alert Level 4 was the most comfortable in any DHB.
This was “out of line” with the policies of both Waitematā DHB and Counties Manukau Health, which only allowed visitors to come on a sympathetic basis – NZNO is considered appropriate.
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On Monday, Auckland DHB Director of Services Dr Mike Shepherd said. Equipment He listened to his staff and unions and reviewed his visitor policy.
Although it currently allows two designated visitors per patient, it will soon allow a limited number of visitors on a compassionate basis only.
Shepherd said the new rules would take effect at 7 a.m. Tuesday if Alert Level 4 continued.
Shepherd said his new policy would still mean that he allowed some visitors because it was important to patients and Wanao, but he acknowledged that some problems had arisen.
“The fact is that our controls around the organization have not worked as well as we would like. We think this is the right thing to do.”
He said the change would align its policy with that allowed by County Manukau Health under Alert Level 4.
An ADHB nurse said most patients had visitors – and while this was allowed under current policy – it was not well managed.
The nurse said “more than one” visitor was coming to the same patients at the same time and no one was tracking how long they stayed.
Recently, he visited a patient with seven visitors in his bed.
He saw people gathering in areas intended to be closed to the public, and saw visitors using cups and utensils that they should not have.
The others were seen together without masks, eating in Wahun’s rooms.
The current policy means that some rooms may have about six bubbles, and this did not include health professionals’ bubbles.
The nurse said she pointed to the DHB’s “lack of care for its staff”, and the potential exposure to Covid 19 was an “unnecessary threat”.
Shepherd said that like all processes, DHB has “definitely” improved – and focused on that.
But he acknowledged that their hospitals were in dire straits, and said that they needed to be managed sympathetically.
Waitt said NZNO members had almost universal support for the decision to take legal action.
It wanted the issue resolved as soon as possible, so that members would be safe in the future if the city went to Alert Level 3.
Mediation is currently underway between the two sides.