24 Oct 2008

Commission personnel named

9:01 am on 24 October 2008

The Ministry of Health has named the personnel for two separate commissions set up to analyse major issues confronting hospital doctors.

The ministry has established the commissions to look into the challenges facing the junior hospital doctor workforce, and to analyse issues related to senior hospital doctors.

A former State Services Commissioner, Donn Hunn, will head the commission on the junior hospital doctor workforce.

He will be assisted by Angela Foulkes of the Remuneration Authority and the head of the Otago University's Wellington campus, Peter Crampton.

The commission into terms and conditions of employment for senior doctors will be headed by Len Cook.

He is to work with the Guardian Healthcare head, Dwayne Crombie and former Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson.

But the Resident Doctor's Association, says they have little knowledge of the challenges involved and claims that junior hospital doctors should have been included.

Dr Deborah Powell also says the terms of reference have missed the point as the real issue is the remuneration of junior hospital doctors, not training.