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More doctors and nurses at the bedside in Waikato

Latest data from the Ministry of Health shows record numbers of doctors and nurses are at the bedside caring for patients in public hospitals in Waikato.

As of 31 March 2014 there were 679 doctors and 2,021 nurses employed by Waikato District Health Board – over 100 more doctors and 390 more nurses compared to 2008.

This includes 52 more senior doctors and 201 more senior nurses.

Health Minister Tony Ryall says the number of doctors and nurses working in the public health service continues to grow.

“For the first time we have over 7,500 doctors and over 21,000 nurses working in our public hospitals across the country” said Mr Ryall.

“This is great news for New Zealanders. More doctors and nurses means faster treatment and better experiences for patients and their families.

“This government is committed to moving resources from the back office to the frontline.

“The significant increase in doctors and nurses, along with an average increase of around $500million a year in health spending, has delivered a very big increase in services for patients over the past five years” said Mr Ryall.

A copy of the latest workforce report is available on the Ministry of Health’s website.

Media contact: Jannel Carter 027 589 8884 or Lyle Skipsey 021 993 701

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