Doctors demand action on NZ’s unhealthy housing
In a 50-page paper released today, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians has called on politicians to do more to address the causes of health inequity in New Zealand.
Too many people were living in cold, mouldy and over-crowded homes and it was ruining the health of children in particular, the college said.
Palmerston North paediatrician Jeff Brown said he was seeing an increase in repeat hospital admissions for children with respiratory illnesses, including pneumonia, caused by poor housing.
“We are struggling. It’s over-burdening our hospitals, our GP surgeries,” he said.
“That is something that could be changed, could be affected, and if we had better home circumstances, better communities to live in, we would not be seeing what we are.”