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Lack of doctors is a major health concern

Maryan STREET

Health Spokesperson                       

3 February 2013                                                       

MEDIA STATEMENT

Lack of doctors is a major health concern

The report on doctor shortages released today by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists should be a wake up call to the Government, says Labour's Health Spokesperson, Maryan Street.

“Current and projected shortages of medical specialists are of great concern to New Zealanders. They deserve to know that if they fall seriously ill, they will have access to the best possible care.
 
“This is a critical issue now as well as into the future. The Government has no plan to cope with our ageing population. As our over 65s increase in number, with more and more complex conditions, more specialists are going to be required.
 
“On top of that, 19% of our current specialists are due to retire in the next five years. We have an emerging disaster because this Government has failed to develop and implement a decent plan to deal with this.

ENDS

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