February 28, 2023 | Advocacy
Multiple Sclerosis NZ has written this week to the Minister of Health, Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, regarding a disturbing report that the application, by the Otago Medical School to increase training places by 18, had been declined by the Government.
A well-resourced and supported clinical workforce is a key determinant to the health of New Zealanders. For conditions like Multiple Sclerosis, time matters. Early diagnosis, and intervention with treatment and lifestyle modifications can reduce disease and disability progression, dramatically improving long term brain health outcomes.
MSNZ has implored the Minister to reconsider this decision to maintain the status quo on medical training intake numbers.
We are committed to advocating to address the health workforce crisis in New Zealand to improve health outcomes for those with MS.