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Pacific nations staff crisis

21st September 2006

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that an exodus of health workers from Pacific nations, including New Zealand, could push the region's health systems to the brink of collapse.

This crisis has overtaken funding issues as the biggest threat to public health. There is an estimated global shortfall of over four million doctors, nurses, dentists and others, the WHO said.

Health workers remaining in these countries face increasing workloads and a loss of morale. The Health Minister in New Zealand, Pete Hodgson, has announced a new Workforce Taskforce aimed at boosting the number of health graduates.

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