22 May 2023

Exhaustion, missed breaks, working while ill a reality at Gisborne Hospital unit

From Checkpoint, 5:42 pm on 22 May 2023

Exhausted, working while sick and injured, missing meal breaks and the constant fear of making a fatal mistake.

That's the daily reality inside Gisborne Hospital's acute care unit, according to nurses' evidence read out in the Employment Court today.

However, health bosses deny there's an immediate safety risk and they've asked the court to make an injunction to stop nurses striking for one hour on Wednesday.

Ruth Hill reports.