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Crunching the numbers on staffing shortages

15 July 2020 ASMS

For the past few years ASMS has been running surveys to estimate specialist staffing needs across departments in all DHBs.  Clinical leaders were asked how many SMO full-time equivalents are needed to provide a safe and quality service for patients. All the numbers have now been crunched. We estimate that overall there is an average SMO staffing shortfall nationwide of around 24%.

You can see how your DHB measures up.


Percentage estimated FTE shortfall by DHB

Full reports on the situation at each DHB are available here