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Ruth Dyson: Severe Specialist Medical Workforce Shortages Ring Alarm Bell

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Ruth Dyson
Ruth Dyson

The severe specialist medical workforce shortage in New Zealand has been exposed again by a worrying Association of Salaried Medical Specialists issues paper released today, says Labour Health spokesperson Ruth Dyson.

"The association says it hopes the issues paper will better inform government, policy advisers, media and the general public about the severity of the crisis," Ruth Dyson says.

"But the real disgrace is that the association feels the need to include the Government in that list.

"If Health Minister Tony Ryall doesn't already know how bad the situation is, then he is doing an even worse job in his portfolio than I thought.

"We hear plenty of rhetoric from Mr Ryall about what his Government is achieving in health, but the reality is that better health outcomes depend on medical staff to help bring them about," Ruth Dyson said.

"Tony Ryall can't even manage to fill the post of Director-General at the Ministry of Health, where you would expect no shortage of applicants.

"He has no idea whatsoever, let alone a plan, how he is going to stem the increasing specialist shortage and other shortages in the medical workforce in New Zealand," Ruth Dyson said.

"The Association's thoughtful issues paper is a wake-up call for Mr Ryall and National. Sadly, Mr Ryall is so busy practising his rhetoric that he won't hear, let alone heed, the call."

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