News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


PM Flunks Maths Test in Hospital Doctor Claims

Media Statement For Immediate Release,
Wednesday, 05 December 2012

“Prime Minister Flunks Maths Test in Hospital Doctor Claims”


“The Prime Minister has flunked a maths test in his widely inaccurate claims of increased public hospital doctor numbers under his government,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

In Parliament yesterday, replying to a question from Labour leader David Shearer, John Key said that under his government the number of permanent hospital doctors had increased by over 800. “This repeats a claim made by Health Minister Tony Ryall at our Annual Conference a year ago where senior hospital doctors erupted with disbelief and anger.”

“The Prime Minister should have been advised that this 800 number has been completely discredited and disproven by using official DHB and government data. Over this period of three years the number of hospital specialists increased by 373. Hospital specialist numbers have increased but not fast enough to keep up with increasing demands.”

“Furthermore, in the three year period Mr Key referred to, the rate of hospital specialist increases fell by 25% from the three years immediately before his government took office.”

Please refer to the September issue of our quarterly publication The Specialist which addresses this issue in detail. It can be downloaded from our homepage www.asms.org.nz under the Perspectives heading.

“The 373 becomes over 800 only because of very dodgy resident (junior) doctor numbers largely due to a technical change in the form of employment which changed how many were counted.”

“Ironically Mr Key has mangled his words by referring to ‘permanent’ hospital doctors. The only permanent doctors are senior doctors. Resident doctors are not permanent by their very nature; they are in training positions.”

“Mr Key may have as well been asked what does three times three equal and answered 800,” concluded Mr Powell.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Review: Singin’ In The Rain

Singin’ in the Rain , the wet and wonderful musical production all the way from London’s West End, officially opened at St. James Theatre in Wellington. More>>

Francis Cook: Gallipoli: The Scale Of Our War – First Look

Te Papa today allowed media access to their new exhibition Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War . The exhibition was curated with help from Weta Workshop to deliver an immersive, realistic and even disorienting experience. More>>

ALSO:

Bats Theatre: Letters From The Front Brings ANZAC Letters Alive

Inspired by centenary commemorations, improv troupe Best on Tap is producing a show based on real-life letters sent to and from New Zealand soldiers in the First World War. More>>

ALSO:

Publishing: Unity Books On Plan To Close Te Papa Press

Unity Books is alarmed that Te Papa is proposing to suspend publishing by Te Papa Press for 4 or 5 years. Te Papa Press has proven time and time again that it has both award and bestseller capability and fulfils its kaupapa. More>>

ALSO:

Cinema: ‘The Desk’ Featuring Paul Henry To Have NZ Debut

The Documentary Edge Festival is thrilled to announce The Desk as a late entry to its 2015 Programme. The film, featuring local broadcaster Paul Henry, will have its international premiere on May 21 at 10pm at Q Theatre (book now at qtheatre.co.nz) with limited screenings also on offer in Wellington and Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Art: Considering Feminisms In Aotearoa New Zealand: Two Projects

Feminism is something that has changed our lives. Recently, the activist Marilyn Waring reviewed the impact of feminism in Aotearoa New Zealand and reminded us that just 40 years ago banks wouldn’t lend women money without the guarantee of a man, ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news