Focus on Healthcare sees increase in Taranaki Doctors and Nurses

Press Releases
Thursday, May 19, 2016

New Plymouth MP Jonathan Young is pleased to see that Taranaki is getting the increase in healthcare that is needed for our steady population growth.

With a record number of doctors and nurses taking care of patients here in Taranaki, it is good news for those who need help in our region.

As of 31 March 2016 there were over 150 doctor full-time equivalents and 500 nurse full-time equivalents employed by Taranaki DHB. That’s over 30 more doctors and over 50 more nurses compared to 2008.

“Knowing you can get the treatment when you need it and providing more of the exceptional service that our healthcare workers deliver is making a difference to the lives of patients in Taranaki” says Jonathan Young

Nationally, there were over 7,880 doctor full-time equivalents and 22,500 nurse full-time equivalents employed by DHBs.

The number of doctors and nurses working in our public health system 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.

A copy of the latest health workforce report is available on the Ministry of Health’s website, www.health.govt.nz.