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Good Stock Of Anaesthetists At Gisborne Hospital

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Gisborne Hospital has more anaesthetists now than ever before following a collaborative recruitment effort between clinical and management staff, says Tairawhiti District Health Chief Executive Jim Green.

His comments come following a national statement by New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists President Andrew Warmington in which he said attracting staff to more isolated regions such as Gisborne and Greymouth was a big problem.

Mr Green said Gisborne currently employed 4.6 full time equivalent anaesthetists and there are two more to arrive before the end of the year.

"This will mean we have a full complement, a situation that would not have been believed a year ago," he said.

Clinicial Director of Anaesthetists Yves Barthelet and Adult Integrated Services Manager Karen Lorigan had made a concentrated effort to recruit.

"It is a very good example of collaboration between clinical and management staff which is resulting in a great outcome for the community," said Mr Green.

"We have struggled to get anaesthetists in the past but we have applied the suggested recruitment strategies and these have paid off," he said.

"We have been very grateful for the core of permanent anaesthetists who have stuck with us over the past few years when numbers have been lower as they have very much helped to keep things going and then be a part of the new recruitment."

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