A shortage of midwives in Rotorua is forcing some pregnant women to travel up to an hour out of town to see one.
Tauranga midwife Cara Kellett sometimes works up to 80 hours a week and sacrifices sleep to keep up with her workload.
Midwives have appealed to the Government to urgently deal with a "crisis" in their sector, as they say pregnant women are struggling to get maternity care.
The plastic surgery department at Waikato Hospital is so understaffed registrars are constantly on call and working days without rest, putting patients at risk and forcing cancellation of clinics and surgeries, according to a damning letter from doctors.
Doctors topped the list for getting the flu vaccine last year with the call going out once more for health care workers to get the annual jab to help protect vulnerable patients.
An improved pay offer was confirmed as the highest priority in a survey of district health board nurses held in the lead-up to nurse’s union and employers starting mediation today