Quality & Patient Safety

Increased patient population leads to concerns in Auckland

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, September 30, 2008

Auckland hospitals are short of patient beds, jeopardizing patient safety, reports the New Zealand Herald.

The Auckland District Health Board committee was presented with evidence of overcrowding leading to poor patient safety. Emergency medicine specialists have called for a 15% increase of inpatient beds, reports the Herald. Evidence also shows that hospitals are currently running at greater than 90% occupancy.

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