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Key slippery with health figures

Hon David Cunliffe
Minister of Health

27th May 2008 Media Statement

Key slippery with health figures

The Minister of Health today attacked Opposition Leader John Key for his slippery use of statistics.

“To once again claim that health bureaucrats have grown in the past nine years at the expense of medical staff is just plain daft. The percentage of so called health bureaucrats has in fact remained static as a percentage of the total health workforce”

“The unpalatable fact for John Key is that Labour’s investment in health has seen medical staff, such as nurses, increase substantially in the past year. The cold hard figures have seen a higher proportional increase for medical staff and nurses,” said Mr Cunliffe.

The Medical Council data for last year alone shows that the number of active doctors increased from 8,615 to 9,547.

“Unfortunately for Mr Key, he needs to look at the overall health sector before he makes comments on the growth in the number of bureaucrats.”

“Despite the rhetoric, full time medical staff has grown faster then management and support staff, in fact they have increased over 38 per cent since 2001 -2002.”

“Come on National stop regurgitating the same old tired lines.”


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