Plan a big increase in GP training numbers

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The Honorable Andrew Little

health Minister

Increased support is being given to New Zealand medical graduates training to become general practitioners, as the government continues efforts to attract more doctors to communities.

“Increasing the number of GPs is vital to fill the gaps today and ensure we have the doctors we need in the future, so finding different ways to deliver training is key,” said said Health Minister Andrew Little in Auckland today.

“In August, as part of a broader health workforce announcement, I said we would increase the number of New Zealand-trained GPs by 200 to 300 each year.

“Today I am happy to confirm that after discussions with the Royal College of General Practitioners, measures are being put in place to do this.

The package will see doctors who choose to train as GPs paid as much as their hospital counterparts.

“A study published today shows that the fact that trainee doctors are paid less than registrars working in hospitals is the biggest barrier to entry for young doctors into general practice,” said Andrew Little.

“This pay gap will be closed, to bring the pay of first-year GPs in line with that of hospital registrars.

“Funding is also being increased to allow the Royal College to pay teaching supervisors an additional two and a half hours per week, and GPs running 12-week community training modules will receive accommodation costs of $3,600.

“With measures already underway to make it easier for internationally trained doctors to come to New Zealand and register and practice, these measures will increase the number of GPs working in our communities to keep New Zealanders healthy. and out of the hospital.”

Andrew Little described the moves during a visit to Baderdrive Doctors GP clinic in South Auckland to talk about the practicalities of convincing more young doctors to specialize in general medicine.

Editor’s Notes:

– The GP Training Program Training Funding Review will be available on the Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand website after today’s event.

– Salary increases will be between 13 and 23%, depending on the year of training of the young doctor.

– More than 1,000 healthcare workers have applied to work in New Zealand under new immigration settings that came into effect in July.

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