Labour Party health spokeswoman Ruth Dyson has taken issue with suggestions her party is responsible for New Zealand's shortage of medical specialists getting to such a concerning level.
Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publication, Health at a Glance 2009, placed New Zealand bottom of 28 countries surveyed, with figures showing it had only 0.8 specialists per 1000 people.
Greece was top with 3.4 specialists per 1000 population, while Australia was 20th with 1.4. The OECD average was 1.8.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said the figures, based on 2007 data, were worrying.That's right, the situation in 2007 wasn't Labour's fault - Epic fail Ruth.