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May 10, 2011

New Zealand Emergency Department Urged to Turn Away People with Minor Ailments

Doctors in New Zealand have urged the emergency department of Dunedin Hospital in Otago to turn away patients if they only have minor ailments. Dr Branko Sijnia urged Southern District Health Board's Hospitals Advisory Committee that patients with minor ailments should consult a general

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Doctors in New Zealand have urged the emergency department of Dunedin Hospital in Otago to turn away patients if they only have minor ailments.

Dr Branko Sijnia urged Southern District Health Board’s Hospitals Advisory Committee that patients with minor ailments should consult a general practitioner.

“We need to be prepared to say some of these things are not emergencies and turn them away,” Sijnia is reported as saying in the Otago Daily Times.

Emergency departments treat patients using the triage system, which is based on the severity of their condition

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