04 December 2018

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) supports the call by Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) for safe staffing levels for senior doctors and urges the Government to address the workload pressures and burnout for all doctors regardless of whether they are working in our hospitals or in the community.

 "Our membership encompasses the entire health system and regardless of healthcare setting, the supply of doctors is insufficient to meet healthcare demands" said Dr Kate Baddock, NZMA Chair.

 "An accord to address medical workforce shortages in our hospitals is clearly needed and the Government also needs to fulfil its pre-election promise to increase the number of general practitioner training places."

 "This is an investment in the health of New Zealanders that must be made".