Discharged NZ heart patient told to catch a bus home…

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Opinion:
by Peter Petterson.

A heart patient was told to take a bus home in his PJs to Palmerston North about 90 miles away. He had no clothes or money with him when he was admitted to Wellington Hospital for an emergency heart operation. He was advised to try an ‘op-shop’. NZ must have an incredibly and chronically underfunded health system. This is not the New Zealand I remember growing up in. New Zealanders will be forced to pay medical insurance in case they have emergencies like Mr Sutherland. If New Zealanders are forced  to have emergency hospital treatment out of town, the State should be obligated to provide transport home under such circumstances.

The treatment of a Palmerston North man, admitted to Wellington hospital after a heart attack and expected to travel home on public transport in his pyjamas after being discharged, beggars belief but is symptomatic of a chronically underfunded health sector, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

The patient, Ian Sutherland, was transferred by ambulance to Wellington Hospital from Palmerston North Hospital’s coronary care unit in August. He had been admitted to hospital wearing only slippers, pyjamas and a dressing gown. He had no money and no other clothes with him.

“Advised he would need an angioplasty, Mr Sutherland was later discharged and told he could get a bus home. If he needed clothes he could try the op-shop.

Read more of this story here:

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1509/S00350/heart-patient-told-to-take-bus-home-in-his-pjs.htm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9734269/Wheelchair-bound-patient-told-to-take-bus-home   Another similar story here.

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