Doctors warn if working conditions unchanged ‘suffering of New Zealanders will worsen’
The president of the senior doctors union has opened its annual conference by hitting out at the health minister for failing to help a decaying health system.
Members of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) gathered in Wellington today, with the conference largely focusing on Crown under-investment in health and workforce burnout.
ASMS national president Murray Barclay said when the new government took over, the industry was hopeful it would get the funding it needed, but this had not happened.
“One could speculate that political survival by demonstrating ‘fiscal responsibility’ has a higher priority for this government than the health of New Zealanders, or the health of the Labour party is more important than the health of New Zealanders, or that ministry staff may have been giving the minister very poor advice for the past two years.
“Whatever the reasons, the correction in health investment required has not happened, or at least not to anywhere near the extent required. To rub salt into the wound, this year a $7.5 billion Budget surplus was announced.”