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

 


Rural Pharmacies Struggling for Staff


Barbara Stewart MP
Spokesperson for Health
23 November 2012

Rural Pharmacies Struggling for Staff

New Zealand First says pharmacists in rural areas are being put through unnecessary stress and anxiety because of inadequate Government policies.

Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart says there is an urgent staffing crisis in rural areas where overworked pharmacists struggle to fill vacancies with recent graduates.

“We urge the Government to add pharmacists to its Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS) which currently helps to bring recent medical graduates to hard-to-staff areas.”

In a written question from New Zealand First to the Health Minister it was found that he had ‘no intention to include pharmacy graduates in the VBS’.

Mrs Stewart says this appalling decision means the best quality of pharmacy care will be missing from rural areas which are historically difficult to staff.

“We understand that the existing multi-disciplinary rural immersion health training placement scheme places health students in a rural environment in the Whakatane and Eastern Bay of Plenty areas.

“As a first step, the Government should include pharmacy students in an expanded immersion scheme that would cover all of rural New Zealand.”

Mrs Stewart says New Zealand First would consider adopting a range of measures to ensure the adequate recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas.

“This could include student loan abatements, fees reductions, and scholarships so that the rural community is well served while pharmacy graduates get vital work experience.

“It would provide a winning situation for all involved.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news