The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has warned that government’s pay freeze for public sector workers could have a chilling effect on district health boards like Counties Manukau as it tries to clear its surgery backlog due to Covid-19, Stuff reports. Counties Manukau DHB has deferred aorund 1600 elective surgery operations and 150 non-acute operations. Executive director Sarah Dalton has expressed that, while Counties Manukau DHB requires more funding to address its surgery backlog, it also needs the people necessary to carry out the operations.