Record number of Doctors and nurses in the Bay

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Todd Muller MP for the Bay of Plenty welcomes the news that there are a record number of doctors and nurses taking care of patients in the Bay of Plenty.

As of 31 March 2016 there were over 310 doctor full-time equivalents and around 1,040 nurse full-time equivalents employed by Bay of Plenty DHB. That’s almost 80 more doctors and 190 more nurses compared to 2008.

“With population growth such as we have seen in the Bay of Plenty recently, it is important that we invest in frontline healthcare to meet the needs of Bay residents,” said Mr Muller.

“We have had tremendous economic growth in the last few years and this has allowed the government to invest resources into healthcare.

“This comes off the back of the announcement that the Government will increase funding for health research by $97 million over the next four years.

“Research is fundamental for healthcare and leads to improved health outcomes and more effective delivery of healthcare for New Zealanders.

“With the recent increase in funding for Pharmac of $39 million it is clear that investment in healthcare in our country is moving in a positive direction and this will have a huge impact on us here in the Bay.

“We are working towards a more dynamic, well-connected and world-leading health and innovation system that markedly improves the health, social and economic wellbeing of New Zealanders,” said Mr Muller.

 

Media contact: Shannon Stewart (04) 817 9431