Healthcare leaders are warning that medical health services across almost every region are at breaking point.
Lack of skilled staff, aging facilities and a boom in referrals throughout the Covid-19 crisis has caused a perfect storm for the sector.
Yesterday Morning Report heard that staff at Wellington Hospital's mental health ward are scared, distressed and feel unsafe at work.
Sarah Dalton is the executive director for The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists.
She speaks to Corin Dann.