A recent article in the Waikato Times highlighting the cash-strapped situation Waikato Hospital has found itself in this year asked for suggestions from staff and the public on ways to save money.
I have one: no more wasted space and taxpayers' money on atriums. I recently had cause to visit the new ward areas several times and saw only two people using this huge area. Does the public really expect the hospital to provide such luxuries when visiting patients? I don't think so.
Meanwhile, my tetraplegic friend had to leave hospital early, because Waikato Hospital does not have the correct mattress that tetraplegics need to sleep on.
Perhaps, like the city council, the hospital needs a reminder to stick to its core business, such as medical equipment, and forget the green elephants, like atriums, that never get used.
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