An Immense Thank You

I’m breaking with convention this week and blogging on a Monday because I think the situation calls for it.

This winter, and particularly during the last week or so, we’ve faced a deluge of patients at Middlemore which has seen our hospital occupancy regularly exceed 100%. The workload for staff has been huge, the hours worked have been long and the pressure of this situation has been intense.

My thanks to you all for your efforts at this time are just as immense.

I want to express an overwhelming thank you to all staff for their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the past few days in the extreme circumstances we’ve been facing. Yet again, you’ve risen to the challenge and continued to provide a high quality of care despite the overload on our services. On behalf of the population we serve – thanks to you all.

As I’ve mentioned before, your wellbeing in such conditions concerns me. Dealing with the level of demand we have seen at the hospital recently is clearly unsustainable. I don’t want you to have huge workloads, long hours and intense pressure on an ongoing basis. This isn’t the way forward for us.

So, through my blog this Friday, I’ll be sharing with you some major strategic changes which will address pressure on the hospital. Please come back and read more about this on Friday – these are major changes for the CMDHB which will require input and support from us all.

Secondly, anyone with suggestions on what we can to do reduce stress on staff is welcome to contact me on I’m keen to set up a group of staff who can advise me on this aspect of workplace wellness – let’s start by sharing some ideas.

Once again – many thanks for your hard work. I hope the warmer weather brings fewer hospital admissions and lots of opportunities out of work for you all to rest and relax.



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

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