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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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World class health care but concerns about a serious lack of access

20 March 2017 Leighton Keith - Stuff

Health care workers are burning out and patients are missing out on treatment due to serious underfunding, a public services campaign organiser says.

The PSA’s Yes We Care campaign was in Taranaki this week highlighting the issues they claimed underfunding was causing the country’s health care system.

Organiser Simon Oosterman said the roadshow was about halfway through its 38 centre tour and the message was the same everywhere.

“Basically what has happened is funding hasn’t kept up with the growing and aging population,” Oosterman said.

“Everybody says the same thing, it’s a great health system when you can get it but the problem is people say you can’t get it.”

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