GP drought in New Zealand

Date published
10 Aug 2015

With an ageing GP workforce New Zealand needs 1000 general practitioners to fill the gap.  Initiatives are underway to bring GP placements in to students' training, and more are choosing general practice over other specialisations but it'll take some time before we feel the difference.

At the moment New Zealand relies on overseas trained GPs plugging some of the shortage but Dr Tim Malloy, President of RNZCGP says "It's not right".

Watch the video of Dr Malloy discussing the issue on One News.

However, until more Kiwi students choose to become a true generalist and finish their programme then we continue to rely on the skills and enthusiasm of overseas doctors.

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