16 Aug 2017

Orthopaedic surgeons warn crisis looming

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 16 August 2017

The New Zealand Orthopaedic Association is calling for an urgent national task force on future orthopaedic surgery, for operations like hip and knee replacements, to prevent a looming crisis. The Association says unless key agencies start working together, there will not be the required surgical teams or theatres needed to meet rising demand, forcing those needing joint replacements to live in pain because they can't get the surgery they need. Kathryn Ryan talks to the Association's President Richard Keddell.