'Not sustainable': Dr Shane Reti shares concerns over ICU capacity

The AM Show 15/10/2021

WATCH: National Party Deputy Leader and spokesperson for Health Dr Shane Reti shares his concerns around the lack of preparation and ICU capacity throughout the country as COVID-19 spreads.

Next week Dr Reti intends to do his own campaign of going door-to-door. He will take a local kuia with him to talk to Māori whānau about getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

He said this week he delivered more first doses than second, which showed more people were deciding to get vaccinated which is positive. 

Dr Reti said he was concerned about the capacity of ICU, particularly in smaller regions with a high proportion of Maori.

It won't take much to fill those beds as many will be at 50 percent capacity anyways.

He said surged capacity "isn't sustainable" and said over the past year New Zealand should have been building more capacity.

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