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As a practising clinician in New Zealand I was naturally interested
to read the New Zealand perspective on the management/clinician interfact
in your recent article. however, even after several careful readings I
was totally unable to relate it to the experience of myself or my local GP
colleagues or (I presume) to that of the hospital consultants in nearby
Timaru who have recently been driven to strike action. The sad reality is
that with ongoing health "reforms" being driven through in a Machiavellian
fashion clinicial morale here in New Zealand is lower than for decades
leading to a crisis in recruitment and retainment of medical staff.
Unfortunately you chose to publish a purportively authoritative
article written by a group composed of neither clinicians or managers and
almost entirely self-referenced. These self-styled experts have created a
very rosy picture, but do not be fooled--the reality here is of a clinician-management divide as wide as ever.
Yours, Sally Widdowson
No competing interests
04 April 2003
Sally M Widdowson
Sumner Health Centre 35 Nayland St. Christchurch New Zealand 8008