Crampton: protect NZ health staff
New Zealand needs to recognise and protect its health professionals, the University of Otago’s outgoing pro-vice-chancellor of health sciences Peter Crampton says.
“My personal view is that overall workforce development is undercooked in New Zealand,” he said.
“There is a vulnerability there, and that sheets right back, probably, to the underpinning legislation which insufficiently holds DHBs to account for workforce development.
“With the immense and multiple pressures that DHB leaders are under, it’s all too easy to see workforce development diminish a bit in terms of their list of urgent priorities.
“It tends to work well, but I think the system could be strengthened.”
Prof Crampton is about to step down after seven and a-half years as pro-vice-chancellor, to be replaced by Otago Dental School dean Paul Brunton.