November 28, 2019
Adverse report shows Maori voices needed in health system
The kaiwhakaere from the New Zealand Nurses Organisation says the latest report of healthcare mistakes and mishaps should be a spur for change, especially for Māori.
The annual Learning from adverse events by the Health & Safety Commission says many of the events involving Māori are things such as unrecognised deterioration, where implicit bias may have affected the care they received.
Kerri Nuku says under resourcing of the health system, increased stress on health professionals and an increase in patient needs has stretched the system.
She says it’s likely Māori are under-reported in the figures because they don’t want to make a fuss in case it affects how they are treated next time.
"This is the time that we must be brave, we must say our views,, our experience of the system must influence change. especially when we are looking at Heather Simpson's report (on DHBs), the health and Disability Sector Review, the Māori Health Action Plan coming out of the Ministry of Health, we must influence those to ensure the voices of Māori are heard," Ms Nuku says.
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