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Government Ghost Healthcare Workers – Association of Salaried Specialist Physicians

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says the government continues to cut health workers as the budget approaches.

In a pre-budget speech, Finance Minister Grant Robertson said New Zealand’s economy had weathered the Covid shock better than most due to the positive health response.

ASMS executive director Sarah Dalton said the positive health response was built on the backs of overworked and hardworking health workers who received nothing in return.

“While the government is congratulating itself, senior doctors and their colleagues are pushing hard, hitting a wave of staff shortages and unmet patient needs.”

“Apart from a few crumbs of thanks, the government displays a clear blind spot when it comes to recognizing and investing in the health workforce,” she says.

DHBs continue to take a black letter approach to public sector pay cuts as health workers see the value of their terms and conditions eroded by staff shortages, unresolved pay claims and proposed pay settlements that ignore soaring inflation.

Sarah Dalton says one of the things Covid has underscored so powerfully is the need to strengthen and consolidate the health workforce.

“It’s time for the government to share some of the spoils of its Covid economic success with the people who hold our healthcare system together.”

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