6 Mar 2012

Union questions extra doctors claim

5:13 pm on 6 March 2012

Junior doctors have joined senior doctors in challenging a claim that there are 800 more public hospital doctors now than three years ago.

The claim was made last year by Health Minister Tony Ryall and supported last week by the Director-General of Health Kevin Woods, who told MPs the number covers any doctor from the first year following graduation upwards.

But the Resident Doctors Association says there is confusion with several different job titles covered in these years.

It also says a third of all junior doctors work in the Auckland region where their numbers have been capped for two years.

The association says while new doctors arrive as others leave, it does not believe there are extra fulltime equivalent doctors.