Baby uplifts: Questions raised around patient rights and Treaty obligations

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board has come under scrutiny again this week after an explosive Newsroom investigation documented Oranga Tamariki's attempted uplift of a newborn baby from Hawke's Bay Hospital.

The mother of the baby, who is a teenager, was recovering from a caesarean section.

It was revealed the mother's own midwife was blocked from entering the hospital, along with her whanau, while Oranga Tamariki social workers tried to encourage the exhausted teenager to handing over her baby during the early hours of the morning.

A local kaumātua, Des Ratima from Ngāti Kahungunu, was also prevented from entering the hospital to provide support.

The story has raised important questions about patient rights, whānau-centred care and the DHB's Treaty obligations.

The Hui spoke to Bernard Te Paa, director of health improvement and equity at Hawke's Bay DHB.

Watch the video for the full interview.