Jonathan Coleman announced:
As of 31 March 2016, there were over 7,880 doctor full-time-equivalents and 22,500 nurse full-time equivalents employed by DHBs – that’s almost 2,000 more doctors and nearly 4,200 more nurses compared to 2008.
In total the number of doctors and nurses working in DHBs across the country has increased by over 6,100 since 2008 – an increase of 25 per cent.
This includes around 1,100 more senior doctors, an increase of 36 per cent, and almost 1,100 more senior nurses, an increase of 40 per cent.
That’s a 23% increase in the number of FTE nurses and a massive 34% increase in the numbers of doctors. Not by coincidence there are now fewer managers and administrators.