Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Overseas Doctors Policy "Whites Only"

United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, says the Medical Council's decision to relax registration criteria for certain groups of overseas trained doctors has a "whites only" look to it.

Mr Dunne says that while he welcomes any moves to streamline registration procedures for overseas doctors so that they can work in New Zealand, the latest move is highly selective.

"By relaxing the rules applying to doctors from Britain, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, and the United States only, the Council is sending a clear signal that it regards doctors trained in Asia, or on the Indian subcontinent, the rest of Africa and the Middle East as automatically inferior."

"At the same time, it seems to be arrogantly implying that doctors trained in the United States and the 'Old Commonwealth' are automatically superior to those trained elsewhere."

"Both automatic assumptions are equally wrong, and leave a nasty suspicion of a 'Whites Only' approach to overseas doctor registration," he says.

Mr Dunne says that the Medical Council ought to apply its new registration procedures to all suitably qualified doctors, regardless of where they come from, to enable them to work in New Zealand.

"It is simply crazy that we continue to have doctor shortages in New Zealand while we take such a restrictive approach to registering those who may be able to help resolve the shortage problems," he says.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders.

US President Donald Trump is kicking off his week at the UN by holding an event to promote the US document called the Global Call to Action on the World Drug Problem. More>>

 

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels