Parliament

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

 

Doctor exodus ‘a disaster’

Doctor exodus ‘a disaster’

The exodus of doctors to Australia is a disaster that must be addressed urgently, says National Party Health spokeswoman Dr Lynda Scott.

She’s responding to reports of New Zealand doctors being lured to Australia with the offer of free airfares, accommodation and A$120 (NZ$138) an hour to work in the emergency rooms at regional hospitals.

“NZ doctors feel undervalued in their own country and are choosing to leave despite our lifestyle.

“Foreign doctors are staffing our hospitals as New Zealanders leave in droves. Last year, 758 foreign doctors were granted temporary registration in New Zealand.

“It is time to listen to our doctors, though it is already too late for the many we have lost overseas.

“The Labour Government is squandering the chance to make New Zealand a wealthier society bringing higher wages as a result. The Government’s attitude to private practice means our most talented are leaving.”

The move to force GP’s into Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) or face having no access to new primary care money has also had a detrimental effect.

Dr Scott says New Zealand is also losing pharmacists at an alarming rate, most of them to Ireland.

“Last year pharmacists saw their incomes cut by a third due to the Government’s decision on 3-monthly dispensing.

“We need to stop the implementation of PHO’s now and pay Pharmacists for the services they deliver,” says Dr Scott.

“I agree with Medical Association chairwoman Tricia Briscoe that the whole situation is a disaster.

“This socialist Labour Government is eroding the whole ethos of delivering a quality service via independent private business practice, which previously underpinned pharmacy and general practice,” says Dr Scott.




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Discussion Doc: National's Primary Sector Plans

Today National has released our third discussion document, this one on the primary sector. It showcases our positive and innovative approach to what is the backbone of our economy, Leader of the National Party Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Adopts Working Group Plan: Unions Welcome Film Industry Collective Bargaining

The announcement today by the Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety Iain Lees-Galloway, to support collective bargaining for those working in the film and screen industry, is welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

Greenpeace: New Oil Rig Arrives

A drill rig commissioned by oil giant OMV has arrived in New Zealand, a little over a year after the Government issued a ban on new oil and gas exploration permits... More>>

ALSO:

Proactive Non-Release: Housing Minister Says Unpublished Meeting 'Not A Secret'

Housing Minister Phil Twyford says an error from his office meant a meeting with another minister and the Auckland mayor was not included in his publicly released diaries. More>>

ALSO:

'Signalling Urgency': Auckland Council Declares Climate Emergency

“By unanimously voting to declare a climate emergency we are signalling the council’s intention to put climate change at the front and centre of our decision making,” says Mayor Phil Goff. More>>

ALSO:

Potential Disasters: Insurance Taskforce To Deal With Skyrocketing Premiums

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester said the group would look at how the insurance market was functioning amid massive premium increases, which have also led to claims the market is broken. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels