The Government was sent a letter by all district health boards a year ago, warning of “considerable pressures” and outlining “critical workforce issues” being faced by DHBs and exacerbated by the immigration settings at that time.
DJs were being allowed in while doctors and nurses were not.
“DHBs are experiencing significant challenges to maintain safe levels of services that are being exacerbated by workforce supply challenges. Most importantly this includes the risk that existing overseas-trained employees will leave due to an inability to secure their futures as residents of New Zealand,” it said.
And this happened.