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Record number of doctors, nurses: Coleman

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/05/2017

A record number of doctors and nurses are working in hospitals across the country, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

At the end of March there were almost 8,200 doctors and nearly 23,000 nurses employed by district health boards.

Dr Coleman says that's over 2,250 more doctors and over 4,640 more nurses compared to 2008 when National came to power.

In total, the number of doctors and nurses working in DHBs across the country has increased by over 6,900 since 2008 - an increase of over 28 percent, the latest Health Workforce Report shows.

That includes over 1220 more senior doctors, an increase of almost 45 percent, and over 1,210 more senior nurses, an increase of over 45 percent.

Dr Coleman says the health workforce is supported by the extra $568 million being invested into the health sector this year - the biggest single increase in seven years - taking the health budget to a record $16.1 billion in 2016/17.

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