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

 

Survey results take the pulse of a workforce under pressure

2 March 2017

Survey results take the pulse of a workforce under pressure

A survey reporting significant concern with under-staffing and inadequate resourcing in the public health system will resonate with senior doctors, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).

“This survey has done a good job of taking the pulse of the wider health workforce, and highlighting yet again the dedication and commitment of the DHB health workforce in continuing to provide quality care in very difficult circumstances,” he says.

The survey of almost 6000 paramedics, nurses, mental health workers and support staff was carried out by several unions, including the First Union, New Zealand Nurses Organisation, E Tu, and the Public Service Association (http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/89932971/nine-in-10-healthcare-workers-feel-understaffed-and-underresourced).

It found that 90% of those surveyed felt the health care system was under-staffed and under-resourced. Health staff said funding was affecting access to health care, and said their workloads and work pressures were not reasonable.

Mr Powell says these findings will strike a chord with hospital specialists who, like other health care workers, are struggling with high workloads and ongoing shortages.

“There’s no doubt that these things are taking a toll on their personal health, with half of all senior doctors surveyed by ASMS last year reporting high levels of burnout.

“Comments from the Government’s agency Health Workforce New Zealand that the growth in nursing and the wider medical workforce is keeping pace with population growth just show how out of touch health bosses are with the daily reality of front line health professionals and other health workers. They’re clearly living in fantasyland.”

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Kakī: World’s Rarest Wading Bird Released In Mackenzie Basin

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says the birds will add to the 60 released into the Tasman valley earlier this month, significantly boosting the wild population. More>>

ALSO:

IHC Tribute: Colin Meads

"While Colin is best known for rugby, to us he is one of a small number of distinguished IHC New Zealand Life Members recognised for their significant support for people with intellectual disabilities," says IHC Chief Executive Ralph Jones. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Tilting at Turbines - The Trip to Spain

Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon have now both broken the Big Fifty barrier, which seems to have brought a whole new level of angst to their midlife adventures ... More>>

Review: A Rose By Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet

The Royal New Zealand Ballet has accepted the challenge of this heart-touching tragedy and largely succeeded. More>>

ALSO:

NZ's First Male IAAF Gold: Tom Walsh's Historic Shot Put Victory

Although feeling very sore but with a great feeling Tom Walsh took his place as number one on the victory dais to receive his much deserved gold medal. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Q&A: Hard To Find Books

"Unfortunately we are in crisis and this friendly dinosaur faces extinction… Our only hope is to try and raise funds to buy the building and restore it to its glory, either fully funded or with a viable deposit." More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland