21 Oct 2021

Covid-19: Not enough done to prepare hospitals - nurse

From Morning Report, 6:46 am on 21 October 2021

An Auckland emergency nurse says many of her colleagues go home after every shift, wondering if they can go back for the next one, as Covid-19 cases rise.

There were 43 people in hospital yesterday - just one short of the record number, and Middlemore hospital is predicting 20 cases a day through its ED by next month.

The nurse is a delegate for the Nurses Organisation and works in one of the city's main hospitals.

She told health correspondent Rowan Quinn not enough has been done to prepare.