03 August 2007

New Zealand shortage of senior doctors

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New Zealand is suffering a shortage of skilled migrants, especially senior doctors and other medical specialists.

Specialist disciplines in demand include anaesthetists, medical physicians, obstetricians, gynaecologists, radiologists, psychiatrists and paediatricians.

President of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Dr Jeff Brown says the problem needs to be addressed urgently.

College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists NZ president Dr Alec Ekeroma said provincial hospitals, especially in Whangarei, Whakatane and Greymouth, all have vacancies in his specialty.

Southland, Northland and Bay of Plenty provinces are also reporting shortages.

Urban areas are also looking for specialists, including the Auckland region and Wellington Hospital.

There are increasing numbers of foreign doctors working in New Zealand, including many from the UK, South Africa and the US. A March report shows 41 per cent of doctors re-registered here gained their early qualifications abroad.

New Zealand needs senior doctors: doctors interested in migrating to New Zealand should complete an online assessment to see if they qualify for skilled migration to New Zealand.

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