Outgoing health union boss slams Health Minister David Clark
Health Minister David Clark has come under sustained attack from an unlikely source – a health union boss.
Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) executive director Ian Powell gave his final speech in the role he has held for 30 years at a conference for hospital dentists and doctors in Napier on Saturday.
The organisation represents more than 4800 specialist doctors in public hospitals across New Zealand.
Powell took the opportunity to vent a litany of frustrations about the health minister in his speech, titled: “Toughen up David; the fires are burning and you are running out of time.”
Clark’s greatest sin, according to Powell, was his failure to address the country’s massive shortage of medical specialists – with public hospitals facing average staffing shortfalls of 22 per cent.