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The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is the professional association and union uniting doctors and dentists in New Zealand.

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Lifting the lid on senior medical workforce vulnerability in DHBs

27 January 2017 New Zealand Medical Journal

In the latest edition of the New Zealand Medical Journal, released today, Ian Powell’s guest editorial emphasises the vulnerability of the senior medical workforce. His editorial serves to situate the article by Chambers, Frampton and Barclay, also published in the NZMJ today, which details the results from the study into presenteeism in the senior medical workforce, conducted in 2015.

“The paper on presenteeism in this edition of the New Zealand Medical Journal is an important contribution to our understanding of the health of New Zealand’s senior medical workforce, and paints a worrying picture.”

“Our senior medical workforce is clearly vulnerable and clearly at risk. The article from Chambers, Frampton and Barclay in this issue identifies an important element of this vulnerability. Combined, these findings act as a clear call to the Government, health policy makers and DHB chief executives to urgently address the vulnerability of the senior medical workforce”

The paper by Chambers, Frampton and Barclay found in a survey of ASMS members 88% worked through illness with 75% reporting turning up to work with an infectious illness over a two year period.

The editorial and article can be read at the New Zealand Medical Journal if you have a subscription.