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ED delays criticised

7 December 2017 Eileen Goodwin - Otago Daily Times

The Dunedin Hospital emergency department is ”just not up to standard” and patients are suffering, an ”exhausted” Dr John Chambers says.

The ED specialist and senior doctors’ union representative spoke out after a busy weekend in which patients overflowed into waiting rooms and corridors.

”Ill and injured patients are waiting three to four hours to be seen and the place is packed.

”Our target is to get patients out of ED within six hours, but it is very difficult to achieve this when they are not actually seen by a doctor for four hours.

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