Doctors raise concerns over 'granny dumping' as families head away at Christmas

By December 23, 2016 Recent News

Stuff.co.nz 23 December 2016
Emergency departments across New Zealand face a grim and growing annual Christmas tradition, dubbed “granny dumping” by hospital staff.
Each Christmas season, elderly people are being left at hospital emergency departments as the families who would normally care for them take off for a summer break.
New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association national secretary Deborah Powell confirmed “granny dumping” was a growing reality.
“It is a thing – we are seeing more of it. Every year that passes, we are seeing a bit more.”
The practice amounted to “leaving granny at the doorstep [of ED], so to speak”, she said.
Figures were hard to come by, as she had heard only anecdotal evidence from her members, and no work had been done on investigating the scale of the problem.
“The cause of it isn’t well understood. We really haven’t investigated this fully enough. In fact, it is about time we did.”
It was clear that it put extra strain on hospitals, which would not turn elderly people out if it was not safe, she said.
READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/87803485/doctors-raise-concerns-over-granny-dumping-as-families-head-away-at-christmas

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