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Role of the doctor consensus statement released

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posted by Research Admin on 2011-11-06 11:45:53.528



Friday, 4 November 2011, 4:51 pm
Press Release: New Zealand Medical Association

A consensus statement on the role of the doctor in New Zealand, published in the most recent issue of the New Zealand Medical Journal, highlights the key skills and personal attributes required by doctors to ensure patient care is not compromised in a health sector undergoing significant change. New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) Chair Dr Paul Ockelford says that there have been huge changes in health care delivery in the last 20 or so years and it is essential that the doctor’s role reflects these changes. Dr Ockelford says that a core part of the statement is also the doctor’s responsibility to work as leaders towards improving public health.

The consensus statement also recognises that patients now take a more active role in decision-making regarding their health care, partly as a result of having greater access to health information.

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