You will probably have caught up with news that visitors are no longer allowed at Waikato hospitals. The policy took effect today and includes southern rural and Thames hospitals.
"We recognise how important the support of whānau and friends is for our patients. However, this is an extraordinary situation and a necessary precaution for the safety of our patients, staff and community," a Waikato DHB statement said.
There are some exceptions, detailed in this story.
With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?
Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.
New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.
Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
To read more, click here.
59.9% Yes, five days is not enough59.9% Complete
13.6% No, I never use mine up anyway13.6% Complete
26.5% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis26.5% Complete
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