Health Minister Andrew Little is refusing to take up a nurse’s challenge to spend 10 hours or more in Middlemore Hospital’s emergency department to see the pressure frontline health workers are under, Stuff reports. A spokeswoman said he would only get in the way of operations, but remained concerned by workloads faced by emergency departments (EDs) around the country. Counties Manukau Health recently confirmed the hospital’s ED has been under pressure, with 415 people coming through the doors in one day in June. The usual daily number is about 300.
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