There are calls for a new hospital in south Auckland as its existing facility, Middlemore, gets set to celebrate its 75th birthday, Stuff reveals. The parliamentary health select committee’s annual review of Counties Manukau DHB in 2021 said Middlemore Hospital was regularly “operating at or above 100% capacity” and was increasingly running at the limits of its infrastructure. It also has the busiest emergency department (ED) in the southern hemisphere.