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Patients Before Politics, Say DHBs

Patients come to hospital for treatment - not to get drawn into union campaigns for more money, says Karen Roach, spokesperson for the 20 DHBs.

She was responding to a Resident Doctors Association's complaint about being denied permission to hand out PR material on hospital grounds.

The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board today made it clear that its hospital grounds were not the place for any political campaigning - including this type of union activity.

Karen Roach totally supports the NMDHB's approach. "We simply expect that, while they are at work, the RMOs' priority is their patients' health - not the union's political campaigning. This is quite a reasonable expectation.

"The hospital is not an appropriate forum for this type of activity. It creates a conflict for patients and visitors who should not be engaged in political demands of any group. It is the same reason we do not allow board candidates to speak on premises or have hoardings on DHB sites.

"Patient care is the priority for DHBs and we thought it was for RMOs."

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