Why weren’t they ready?

Messages preparing us for a return of community transmission of Covid-19 have been ramping up for at least a couple of weeks.

If we were supposed to be ready, the government and health officials should have been too.

Queues of up to seven hours for testing show they weren’t.

A woman and her nine-month-old baby waited over seven hours at a coronavirus testing station on Auckland’s North Shore. . . 

But cars began queueing at the College Rd station in Northcote before it opened at 9am – Katie Wahlman had to inch forward in the queue while breastfeeding her infant.

”We were advised to get tested by Healthline but many people have turned around and left due to the wait,” Whalman told Stuff. 

GPs aren’t testing so it’s a bottleneck here and there could be cases that are slipping through the cracks as this was not prepared for the turnout today. This is terrible.”

Christiaan Van nie Kerk waited over seven hours to be tested and urged organisers to arrange for better traffic management or add another testing site in the north Auckland. . . 

Short waits are acceptable, long ones are not, especially for people who aren’t feeling well.

The number of people wanting tests a few months ago should have prompted the Ministry of Health to be prepared for big numbers when news of community transmission broke.

This isn’t the only problem – there’s already a shortage of masks:

Is this going to be a repeat of the flu vaccine debacle when the PM and MOH kept telling us there were plenty when health professionals said there weren’t, and the latter have been proved right?

The latest lack of preparedness doesn’t give confidence that everything that could be done is being done.

The government keeps telling us the health response is their first priority. If that’s the case why weren’t they prepared for people wanting testing once community transmission was uncovered, especially when they were warning us it was inevitable?

Why aren’t there enough masks?

First time round they might have got away with the excuse of no rule book. That won’t work this time. They have had months to not only write the rules but ensure they’ve got everything in place to follow them.

If they can’t manage to cope with people wanting tests, how can we have confidence they’re  coping with anything else?

5 Responses to Why weren’t they ready?

  1. Roger Barton says:

    They’ve been too busy handing out money to all for their pet projects.
    Adrian Orr contemplating another $100 billion.
    I shudder to think of the consequences of such largesse.
    Shane Jones will be smiling.

  2. Gravedodger says:

    “The number of people wanting tests a few months ago should have prompted the Ministry of Health to be prepared for big numbers when news of community transmission broke.”

    Reading that had me seeing visions of a foot stamping immature female screeching, “How dare they, they have stolen my childhood”.

    Even the saints in their image creating phase have travails aplenty, many often fatal. Think Joan of Arc.
    Not a bigly leap to Jacinda of Morrinsville, except when she faces her end of political life phase she will have a lot less traumatic personal suffering to deal with.

    Personally I am finding the current efforts at top level administration so Gilbert and Sullivan, almost similar to monopoly games six decades or so ago when the capitalistic teachings of that “Game” ended with a canny sagacious participant gaining total control of the money. The main difference here being the Gummint makes the rules, changing when and where necessary, and acting as banker to boot. All that and some still consider an election could still be run on an almost flat playing field. That salient fact has me reminiscing on the Cheviot Cricket Ground situated on what had been “Ready Money” Robinson’s mansion front lawn. A ground once described by local legend Dick Allard, “The only ground he knew where fielding at third man and in the gully at the same time was possible”.

  3. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind and commented:
    Total omnishambles

  4. Teletext says:

    Who is surprised with what has happened? If you are, then you must have had your head buried in the sand for the last 100+ days. It was obvious that this was going to happen, not because of what had happened overseas but because of what wasn’t happening here!

    There was no testing of border or isolation staff members and as a result it was only a matter of time that the virus surfaced in the community. My only surprise is that it has taken so long for it to either happen or become public. All those recent “scare messages” from the “fairy princess” and Dr Bloomfield seem to make sense now it has finally become public. Either, it has happened before and not become public knowledge or they knew that it was going to happen because they had stuffed up due to the lack of testing of these workers.

    I agree with the scientist who said that this lockdown could last for up to 7 weeks and also there could be at least 24 cases already in the Auckland community. My own daughters are very concerned as they play in a band with a student from Mt Albert Grammar and there is no information about the infected student’s activities. No doubt we will hear if the contact tracing finally gets to them. That could take a while as it took some time to figure out where the family went on their last weekend trip to Rotovegas.

    I know that contact tracing in South Korea can be done in 20 minutes so why does it take so long here?

    I agree with Adam Smith, total omnishambles on an unprecedented scale.

  5. Heather Adam says:

    I’m hearing ruder words than omnishambles being used when discussing this with others !! I had an interesting conversation this morning with a professional in the medical world. After a little bit of ‘testing the water’ politically, as one does, we found that we were very much in the same blue team so it was ‘all on’. He talks with a lot of people and has heard so many stories about slackness in the testing for Covid 19 that he is very concerned for our future. I imagine that there are many others with similar stories to report. With the amount of our money being thrown around by Labour, I often wonder if they really understand the huge difference between million and billion.

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