20 Apr 2021

Questions should be asked of DHBs over inequities - expert

From Morning Report, 7:54 am on 20 April 2021

Glaring inequities for Māori hospitalised with life-threatening trauma have been unearthed by a new study. 

It's the first time the Health Quality and Safety Commission has examined whether critically injured Māori have the same survival rates as non-Māori. 

The findings are unequivocal - inequity exists. 

Tangata whenua are 56 percent more likely to die in the month after the trauma - excluding brain injuries - than non-Māori 

And Māori aged 15 - 18 are three times more likely to die. 

Dr Dick Ongley from the Commission told Meriana Johnsen questions need to be asked of DHBs.