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DECIPHERING GOVERNMENT SPEAK BY THE NUMBERS

The Ardern government stands yet again accused of being all fluff and no substance. Fascinated by the article by Rachel Thomas looking at how well prepared New Zealand was to deal with the Delta variant should there be a community outbreak.

The number of ICU beds available proves the fluff. In May 2020 we had 358 ICU capable beds throughout the country (MOH figures). At that time the MOH said it had received advice from DHBs that there would be 522 ICU capable beds by June 2020 and no doubt everyone breathed a sigh of relief. Fast forward to June 2021 and it is reported there are now just 284 ICU beds in the country … less than there were twelve months previously.

According to the MoH’s Deputy Director-General for DHB Funding and Accountability that doesn’t necessarily mean that ICU capacity has fallen as there was a difference between ICU beds and ICU capable beds. So we’re being asked to accept this is apples and oranges stuff. Confused … you’re forgiven … an ICU capable bed implies there are the facilities in place to support it.

Are there? We don’t know and at best the MoH appears to be fudging the figures.

Written by The Veteran

August 1, 2021 at 3:35 pm

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  1. Of course they are fudging. They invented fudge. And you will never know how many people below the age of seventy died FROM covid 19 rather than from a pre-existing fatal aliment.

    adolffinkensen

    August 1, 2021 at 3:46 pm

  2. You don’t trust the MOH on being truthful when it comes to ICU beds but have complete faith in their narrative surrounding COVID-19, lockdowns, masks and vaccinations?

    Andrei

    August 2, 2021 at 11:22 am

  3. Poor Andrei … so consumed with his ‘Covid is no worse than a bad cold’ belief that he has lost the plot completely … hint … MoH is NOT the decision maker in respect of lockdowns, masks or vaccinations … its the gummit. But MoH is responsible for ICU beds and their fudging of the figures is what this post is all about.

    The Veteran

    August 3, 2021 at 10:43 am


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