Kiwi nurse shortage: Australia has more nurses than New Zealand, health figures show

New Zealand has hundreds fewer nurses per 100,000 people than Australia, with the divide doubling in a decade, figures show.

The under-pressure health system has been plagued by nursing shortages at the same time demand from the latest Covid-19 outbreak and winter ills stretches resources around the country – although new cases and hospitalisations are falling as the pandemic’s latest wave eases.

There were 4790 new community cases of the virus yesterday, with the seven-day rolling average at 5608 – down from 7405 a week ago, the Ministry of Health said.

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