More than two decades on, the government of New Zealand is still grappling with the legacy of its health service, which was once considered the envy of the world.
As the number of New Zealander deaths in hospital and related complications increased in the early 1990s, the national government adopted a number of measures aimed at reducing hospital mortality, such as setting up a national trauma centre, setting up an independent Aboriginal health service and setting up health centres for the mentally ill.
But the health system has been plagued by failures, such is the lack of trust between doctors and patients.
In a series of reports to the National Council of Health and Welfare, an independent body set up to oversee the health services, researchers at the University of Auckland have documented what they call “serious problems” in the health service.
These include the lack on-site care, inadequate staffing and an unwillingness to address the root causes of mortality and injuries.
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