Too little, too late.....
Too little, too late is how I currently feel about the Health system changes. Even if something does change for the better it will be too late for me --the damage is done. Over 20 years of several chronic deteriorating health problems, some of which should have been ACC but bullying kept me from pursuing that. I have mostly only made a gain or progressed when I have thought of, tested, adjusted, instituted and financed that gain by myself. From being a strong minded, self motivated individual I have become fearful, doubtful and cynical about NZ's Health system. I now avoid contact and interaction as much as possible ---I probably would not even call an ambulance anymore after spending hours in the blazing heat waiting last time I fell.
Things that have worn me down over time are: not being listened to, not being talked to like an adult, long delays & wait times especially for community support, feeling like people want me to fit a certain box, lack of choices and apparent lack of interest from staff who feel overloaded and underappreciated..I have never ever spoken up about things like cultural inappropriateness (there has been plenty) simply because even the basics like pain control, hydration, comfortable positioning have been neglected, and seldom remedied except by discharging myself and going home.
Why the contribution is important
You have to acknowledge how bad things are before you plan anything or it will become a farce --like band aiding a broken limb.
So I have two suggestions
1: You need rigorous feedback from people using the system regularly to make sure goals are being met ---this checks quality control and verifies reporting so you know if your managers seeing the reality. For this you may need a communication department.
2.: Prioritise some repairs before changes --fix your staff morale, budget more for community support --we have an aging population and a growing problem of senior care for those that do not have the income to pay for private retirement living situations. There seem to be many who like me once earned well but after years in the broken and fragmented system are now financially and emotionally bereft.
by Suze on March 08, 2023 at 04:24PM