Parliament

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

 

National drives students out


Labour 2000 web site
A Labour government will take decisive action to stop the 'brain-drain' which is seeing newly qualified medical professionals fleeing the country, Labour health spokesperson Annette King and Labour tertiary education spokesperson Steve Maharey said today.

"There is a national shortage of junior doctors which is severely hampering the provision of services at some hospitals.

"Positions that should have been filled by July are still vacant. 17 junior doctors are urgently needed in the Wellington area, 11 in Christchurch.

"30 percent of the doctors graduating in New Zealand are shifting to Australia. They are going to a more supportive environment and are leaving behind the huge student loan debts that the National Government has burdened them with.

"We must do more to keep our best and brightest in New Zealand. That is why a Labour government will not charge interest on loans while fulltime and other low-income students are studying.

"Labour will undertake a thorough review of the loans system. We will look the economic and social impact of high student debt levels and whether fear of such debt is driving students overseas.

"The current doctor shortage certainly indicates that is the case.

"Labour has both short and long term solutions to assist hospitals recruit staff. In the short term Labour will establish a central fund which public hospitals can access to cover the recruitment costs of obtaining sufficient staff.

"Labour will also establish a Health Workforce Advisory Committee charged with developing a co-ordinated workplace strategy.

"National has created a disastrous scenario. They have burdened medical students with massive debt. As a result many leave the country after graduating. They may never return; while New Zealand hospitals face a desperate staff shortage.

"A Labour government will begin work immediately to repair the damage," Annette King and Steve Maharey said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election