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


Overseas-trained doctors programme a success

Saturday June 15 2002 Media Statement
3.30pm, SATURDAY JUNE 15

Overseas-trained doctors bridging programme a success

Health Minister Annette King says the success of 49 overseas-trained doctors in passing the NZ General Registration Exam (NZREX) proves the Government’s $11.8 million bridging programme will benefit our health system significantly.

“The programme begins to put right an injustice that occurred in the 1990s when the previous government allowed hundreds of overseas-trained doctors to come here without telling them they would need to sit registration exams before they could practice. No-one knows how many hundreds came. They found themselves doing jobs like driving taxis or other occupations that failed to recognize the valuable skills they had to offer this country.”

Ms King, who was speaking today to the New Zealand Overseas Doctors’ Association in Auckland, said the Government committed to the three-year bridging programme to resurrect the careers of these doctors. “This was a win-win situation both for the overseas-trained doctors and our health system.”

The bridging programme, developed by the Ministry of Health, the NZODA, the Medical Council, hospitals and medical schools, was designed initially to train up to 250 doctors over the three years in five intakes of 50 each, she said.

“The first intake of 43 has now completed the programme, and I am delighted that 27 doctors, or 62.8 percent, have passed NZREX. Another group of 22 have also passed NZREX. This group did not need the bridging programme, because they have already passed the US Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and have competence in English.”

Ms King said the successful 49 will be granted probationary registration to practice medicine in New Zealand under supervision for one year.

“I have one reservation about the scheme so far however. Most participants in the programme wish to have their clinical placements in Auckland. There has been difficulty in filling placements on offer in the South Island. That disappoints me.

“In future schemes, I would like to see the Deed of Bond altered to stipulate employment in a rural area. Rural and provincial areas offer more opportunities for work. I also believe they will find rural jobs highly satisfying. Overseas-trained doctors have been amongst our most durable rural GPs. It is my hope a good many doctors on this programme eventually find their destiny in rural practice.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election