Staff Cuts Will Compromise Patient Care in Wellington Hospice

A doc’s union is raising its voice that the provisional staff cuts at Wellington Hospice in the subsequent month will compromise patient care.

The Capital and Coast District Health Board has questioned employees to take a week of yearly leave from June 21, so as to save money on elective surgeries.

Resident Doctors' Association General Secretary, Deborah Powell says the matter very evidently illustrates that the sector needs superior Government financial support.

She says if additional funds cannot be made obtainable then there should be communal discussion that on which services and elective surgeries can cuts be safely made.

Labor Health spokesperson, Ruth Dyson said the cuts were as Wellington Hospital was under stress to stabilize its books regardless of the impact this had on patient security.