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CORNWALL HOSPITAL "POSITION IS DESPERATE" "I regret to report that it seems there is no early prospect of admitting any large number of cases to Cornwall Hospital from outside, owing to the desperate shortage of staff. Cases can only be taken a few at a time as at present." This report of the acting medical superintendent, Green Lane Hospital, Mr, D. W. Guthrie, came before the Auckland Hospital Board at last evening's meeting. "The orderly staff available is very far from meeting requirements, and the nursing staff position is nearly as bad," Mr. Guthrie said. "The difficulty with the nursing staff is due to the large number of new nurse aids—all of whom require considerable supervision. No further senior nurse aids or trained staff seem to be available. "My own feeling is that the transfer of further cases from this hospital will improve the position rather than retard it, because if we are able to clear two or three wards, the staffs can be transferred also, thus providing additional trained and senior untrained nurses to balance up the position at Cornwall Hospital. Unless this can be done I am afraid I the position will become almost static. I would stress the need for orderly staff and ask that this matter be brought again to the notice of the manpower officer." The Green Lane Hospital committee recommended that the question of improving the conditions relative to the staff manpowered to the board's institutions, particularly in regard to training prior to taking up their duties, be referred to the committee on appointment of sisters for consideration and report. This recommendation was adopted.

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STAFF SHORTAGE, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945

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STAFF SHORTAGE Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 191, 14 August 1945