Burnt out doctors symptom of wider problem

New research looking into senior doctors’ and dentists’ work-related burnout raises significant concerns about the state of our health system, the Green Party said today.

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists’ report released today reveals that half of senior doctors have symptoms of burnout, with working more than 14 consecutive hours being significantly associated with higher work-related burnout.

“Our senior doctors are propping up our health system at the expense of their own wellbeing,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said.

“The chronic underfunding of our health system by the National Government – $1.7billion since they came to power – means that workers on the frontlines are paying the price.

“When people go to hospital, they want to know that the doctor or dentist treating them is at their best, not burnt out and sleep deprived.

“The Government’s underfunding has left our health system stretched beyond a safe point for those who work in it and those who use it.

“Relentless workloads, and prolonged stress are serious issues that the Government needs to equip District Health Boards to address. Passing along the problem is not helping our health system,” said Mr Hague. 

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