News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


New Zealand Doctors Warned About Australia

The New Zealand Medical Association is warning doctors to be extremely careful if they are planning to work in Australia because of the medical indemnity crisis there.

Australia's largest medical indemnity insurer, United Medical Protection, was yesterday placed into liquidation. The media has reported that many doctors in private practice have stopped working while they review their options.

"The NZMA and the Medical Protection Society (MPS) are warning New Zealand doctors that they should be extremely cautious about working in Australia, and be very careful to ensure they have medical indemnity cover," NZMA CEO Cameron McIver said.

"Doctors from New Zealand who are planning to work in Australia should make absolutely certain they are indemnified. If their indemnifier is a public hospital, they should find out who the hospital's indemnifier is."

In New Zealand around 95 percent of doctors receive medical indemnity protection from the UK-based MPS, which is administered here by the NZMA.

MPS New Zealand medico-legal advisor Dr Peter Robinson said MPS is completely independent and separate from UMP. There is no connection between what is happening in Australia and the New Zealand system.

"Doctors working in New Zealand, and covered by MPS, can be confident that they will continue to be covered. MPS is in a sound financial situation," Dr Robinson said.

"The collapse of UMP has been brought about by uniquely Australian conditions, including some multi-million dollar settlements paid out to successful litigants. The situation in New Zealand is very different."

Some New Zealand doctors working as short-term locums in Australian are covered by MPS.

UMP indemnified about 32,000, or 60 per cent, of Australia's doctors, including 90 per cent of those in New South Wales and Queensland. Its collapse has left many without cover, and emergency meetings have been held between the Australian Government and medical leaders to try to resolve the crisis.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: Reclaiming The N-Word - Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman

Black resistance to institutional racism in the US has a long, tangled, and traumatic intellectual history. Although we may have assumed much too easily that white supremacists like David Duke had become marginalised as a political force, in reality they never really disappeared ... More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Minstrel in The Gallery - Sam Hunt's Selected Poems

Perhaps the most striking aspect of Sam Hunt's poetry is its quality of urgent authenticity. Encountering this latest compilation, the reader is immediately struck by its easy accessibility, tonal sincerity, and lack of linguistic pretension ... More>>

A Matter Of Fact: Truth In A Post-Truth World

How do we convincingly explain the difference between good information and misinformation? And conversely, how do we challenge our own pre-conceived notions of what we believe to be true? More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: The Road To Unfreedom

Valerie Morse: Yale professor of history Tim Snyder publishes a stunning account of the mechanisms of contemporary Russian power in US and European politics. In telling this story he presents both startling alarms for our own society and some mechanisms of resistance. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland