[ Updated 29 April 2020 ]
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, NZRGPN and NZLocums have been monitoring developments across the country and the globe and we are acting in a proactive manner to mitigate the impact to our teams and all those we work closely with: our members, locums, rural practice teams and our partners. As you will be aware, the New Zealand Government has made a difficult decision in ensuring the health and safety of our people.
On Wednesday 25 March 2020 in an effort to slow the transmission of Covid-19, New Zealand will be going into lock down moving to security level 4, the highest level of the Covid-19 alert system. What this means is that all New Zealanders will be required to stay within their home environment and only allowed out to collect essential supplies and a short walk for fresh air and fitness, however there are conditions around this. All essential services will remain open however non-essential businesses will close initially for a 4 week period. Please see the following link which outlines what are deemed as essential services which includes health services.
Due to these changes we would like to let you know the following:
- We will be shutting down the physical office from Wednesday 25 March 2020 as per the recommendations made by the New Zealand Government.
- We will all be working remotely to continue with our business as usual as far as possible and aim to continue to provide you with support and assistance.
- We will of course still be maintaining our core NZLocums service through this period and will be working hard to continue to meet as many recruitment needs as we are able.
NZLocums is the only recruitment agency funded by the Government to assist rural general practice with their recruitment and retention needs. The practices across the country whom we support are viewed as an essential service and during these turbulent times require additional doctor support. We support the increased need for doctors and view what we do as vital to ensure that these essential businesses stay open and service their communities effectively.
The emerging and evolving situation will of course impact the numbers of locums that are available so we will be working with practices to prioritise those areas of greatest need wherever we can.
On 24 April 2020, NZRGPN announced extra funded locum support assistance, in direct response to the Covid-19 situation, which is available to rural practices. See here for more information.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ministry of Health website has a dedicated COVID-19 website
The Royal New Zealand College of GPs has dedicated resources on their website.