Mental health union supports expanded mental health review at Waikato DHB


The Public Service Association (PSA) has written to Waikato DHB chief executive Nigel Murray, supporting his call for an independent review into the Henry Bennett Centre to ensure recent failures aren’t repeated.

Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary, said “Our members include nurses, administrators and others at the Henry Bennett Centre who are passionate about helping patients through tough times,”

“We have been warning Waikato DHB of a number of issues for some time now, and we hope this issues can be addressed in the review.

“The rising number of assaults on staff, staffing shortages and poor skill-mix can all contribute towards failures in care.

“We have also asked for proposed changes to the rostering system to be put on hold until after the review, as we have concerns for staff and patient safety if the current 4x2 roster system is removed.

“The 4x2 roster system is better, safer and fairer, and mental health staff will be commemorating this on Friday 17th, with a focus on the Henry Bennett Centre,” said Erin Polaczuk.




Letter from PSA’s Erin Polaczuk to Nigel Murray, chief executive of Waikato DHB


Friday 17 April has been designated Better, Safer, Fairer day in support of the 4x2 roster. A protest will be held at Waikato DHB with mental health staff from Waikato and Auckland.