It could take years to get through a backlog of elective surgery patients caused by Covid-19 restrictions, say specialists. Senior doctors warn there aren’t enough specialists to increase capacity and many work in both the public and private sectors. Sarah Dalton, of the Association Salaried Medical Specialists, said New Zealand didn’t have enough senior doctors before the pandemic to deal with regular patient load and “nothing has changed”.
This week’s pre-Budget and Budget announcements have seen significant funding boosts for the health sector. But is it all good news? We’ve put together some information, along with our initial thoughts and main takeaways from Budget 2020.
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says the government’s pre-Budget funding announcement delivers a welcome shot in the arm for a health system which has been teetering on the edge. The Finance and Health Ministers have announced an extra $3.92 billion in operational funding over the next four years in what they describe as the largest injection into health in a decade.
How do we ensure our health system is capable of meeting current needs, responding to a future pandemic, and helps rebuild the economy – it all starts with this month’s Budget writes ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton as published in The Sunday Star Times.
The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists suggests Heather Simpson should go back to the drawing board and rewrite aspects of the Health and Disability System Review in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.
ASMS was invited to speak before parliament’s Epidemic Response Committee. The Committee has been looking at the impact on the Covid-19 crisis on different sectors. ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton gave a brief presentation before facing questions from MPs.
The 2020 MECA which lays out your employment terms and conditions for the next year has been ratified by the National Executive after an overwhelming vote in favour by members who took part in the ballot.