‘Can I really do this?’ New Zealand’s Ashley Bloomfield reveals self-doubts at height of Covid

Much-lauded health director reveals the mental health toll of leading the medical response to the pandemic

One of the key architects behind New Zealand’s successful management of the coronavirus has revealed he suffered imposter syndrome, anxiety and self-doubt during the peak of the crisis.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the director general of health, won the hearts and minds of Kiwis for his cool, calm leadership during lockdown, fronting daily press conferences alongside the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern.

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