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

 


Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour

Medical and dentistry students get reprieve under Labour


A Labour Government will restore the right of medical and dentistry students to get student loans after seven years of study because it is the right thing to do, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Maryan Street says.

“Hard on the heels of our health policy announced earlier this week, I am pleased to announce that Labour would scrap National’s restriction on access to student loans for medical and dentistry students.

“The development of a strong and effective health workforce must be supported if New Zealand is to have a world-class health system. That means removing barriers that stop high-calibre people joining the workforce, beginning with the training of doctors and dentists.

“National imposed a restriction on medical and dentistry students so that they could not access student loans after seven years of study. These are very long and expensive courses of training and anything can interrupt them. Making it harder for medical and dentistry students to complete their studies made no sense to us.

“The full fiscal impact of this reprieve is estimated at $230,000 a year, which makes you wonder why Steven Joyce thought this was a good idea. This is penny-pinching of the worst sort.

“If we want to cater for the demographic changes coming in healthcare, we will need more doctors and dentists. We should be encouraging them to complete their studies, not making it harder for them,” Maryan Street says.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Arming Police: Frontline Police To Routinely Carry Tasers

"In making the decision, the Police executive has considered almost five years worth of 'use of force' data… It consistently shows that the Taser is one of the least injury-causing tactical options available when compared with other options, with a subject injury rate of just over one per cent for all deployments." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On D-Day For Dairy At The TPP

While New Zealand may feel flattered at being called “the Saudi Arabia of milk” it would be more accurate to regard us as the suicide bombers of free trade. More>>

ALSO:

Leaked Letter: Severe Restrictions on State Owned Enterprises

Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP... More>>

ALSO:

"Gutted" Safety Bill: Time To Listen To Workplace Victims’ Families

Labour has listened to the families of whose loved ones have been killed at work and calls on other political parties to back its proposals to make workplaces safer and prevent unnecessary deaths on the job. More>>

ALSO:

Regulators: Govt To ‘Crowd-Source’ Regulatory Advice

A wide-ranging set of reforms is to be implemented to shake up the way New Zealand government agencies develop, write and implement regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Board Appointments: Some Minister Appoint Less The 3 In 10 Women

“It’s 2015 not 1915: Ministers who appoint less than 3 in 10 women to their boards must do better, they have no excuse but to do better,” said Dr Blue. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The 1990s Retro Proposals For Our Health System

As we learned yesterday, the reviews propose that the democratically elected representation on DHBs should be reduced, such that community wishes will be able to be over-ridden by political appointees. In today’s revelations, the reviews also propose a return to the destructive competitive health model of the 1990s. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news