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

 


GP crisis continues in provincial NZ

GP crisis continues in provincial NZ

As the Government finally gets around to admitting there is a shortage of rural GPs, latest information from the Medical Council shows fewer GPs are working in most provincial areas with more of them overseas trained, says National’s Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.

The latest Medical Council Workforce Survey shows the number of GPs per 100,000 of population has plunged to 73 from 87 in the year 2000. *

“Strong indications are that this trend is continuing,” says Mr Ryall.

“The survey – based on the 2004 year - also finds that the proportion of overseas-trained doctors has risen.

“GP groups are united in their alarm at the growing workforce crisis.

“Patients in many parts of the country, particularly rural and provincial areas, cannot find a GP with whom to register their family. If you can’t register with a GP then you don’t qualify for cheaper visits.

“The problem is very real in places like Levin, Kapiti Coast, Timaru, Gisborne, and Waimate. In many provincial towns, GP services are incredibly stretched.

“National says what is needed is a much stronger effort to recruit and retain GPs.

“That means lifting the number of training places and making sure they do much of their training in rural and provincial areas.

“Research in Australia and Canada shows this sort of ‘rural immersion’ lifts the likelihood that doctors will come back and practise in rural and provincial areas,” says Mr Ryall.

National’s Rural Health spokeswoman, Jo Goodhew, says the Government only woke up to the shortage last week.

“Despite Health Minister Pete Hodgson telling a conference in July that National’s concerns about a GP crisis were ‘exaggerated’, and that he was sick of hearing about it, he has finally admitted there is a shortage.

“The Government is proposing an inadequately small number of new GP training places.

“What’s worse is that one medical school has run out of money to train doctors in rural areas,” says Mrs Goodhew.

* See Medical Council Workforce Survey by TLA for 2004 and 2000:

Pages 29 & 30 at: http://www.mcnz.org.nz/portals/0/publications/workforce%202000.pdf

Pages 11 & 12 at: http://www.mcnz.org.nz/portals/0/publications/workforce_2004.pdf

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news