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ER patients in corridors as health cuts bite

Patients are being forced to wait for hours on beds in corridors as cash strapped hospitals struggle to keep up with budget cuts, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.

“People coming to the emergency room and being forced to wait for hours in the hallway of Dunedin Hospital is just the latest in a string of warning signs that something is very wrong in our health system.

“We’ve seen the same thing happening in other cities including Invercargill and Wellington.

“In Dunedin, surgeries are being cancelled so beds can be given over to emergency room patients.

“That’s what happens when the Government cuts $1.7 billion from the health budget.

“National continues to insist everything is rosy, but our health system is stretched to breaking point.

“In both Opposition and Government, National has used patients waiting in corridors as an example of failure in the health system. Now they’re own measure is coming back to bite them.

“The Government needs to get its head out of the sand and make sure Kiwis are getting the care they need,” says Annette King.