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Thursday's Chorus: Exhausted ED staff warn of safety breaches

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Thursday's Chorus: Exhausted ED staff warn of safety breaches

Auckland ED staff tell managers safe staffing levels consistently breached; West Antarctic melting faster, study shows; Luxon moves coalition talks to Auckland;
Nurses, doctors and healthcare assistants are missing breaks, unable to take leave, and overwhelmed by patient numbers, says the Nurses Organisation. Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The Kākā

TL;DR: The key news in Aotearoa’s political economy this morning includes:

  • Exhausted staff say Auckland Hospital’s emergency department is unsafe;

  • Christopher Luxon is negotiating a National-ACT coalition from Auckland;

  • West Antarctica’s ice shelf is melting even faster than previously thought;

  • An Infometrics study for Infrastructure NZ estimates more political certainty could allow $2.3-$4.7 billion extra per year in infrastructure investment;

  • Winston Peters tweeted yesterday the PM’s office covered up a warning email from the Christchurch shooter, but PM’s office said overnight Ardern told 2019 news conference about the email which was received 9 mins before attack; and,

  • Mark Mitchell says National will look at banning gang members’ face tattoos by making them put foundation on in the morning.

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‘We’re so stretched it’s now not safe’

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