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


Govt Needs To Act On Medical Student Debt

“Government Needs To Act In Budget On Medical Student Debt”

“The Government needs to act in its next Budget on the recommendations arising of the impressive survey of medical student debt,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was referring to the joint survey conducted by the NZ University Students Association, Medical Students Association and NZ Medical Association and reported in the Doctors & Debt publication.

“The warnings of the serious implications arising out of the negative financial and social effects of increasing high student debt for the future medical workforce can’t be swept under the carpet. The risk caused by this high debt to the standards and range of care that doctors of the future are able to provide for patients is too great to be ignored. Two of the main recommendations are to significantly reduce the level of student fees and to provide a reasonable accessible living allowance including significantly increasing the Tertiary Intern Grant.”

“The Progressive Party as part of the coalition government is seriously looking at these proposals and has already announced a significant measure of debt wiping linked to working in New Zealand. The larger Labour Party part of the government needs to do likewise.”

“This year’s Budget provides an excellent opportunity for the Government to recognise the serious problems that increasing medical student debt will cause the health system and to announce significant constructive measures to overcome them,” concluded Mr Powell.

Ian Powell


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>