Waikato Medical School
It is well recognised that there is a critical shortage of GPs. Thsi is the responsibility of succesive governments.
It is also well recognised that the majority of PGY1 doctors wish to be surgeons. So either we are selecting the wrong people to train in medicine, or the training is not fit for purpose - or both.
While the government have commited to increasing the number of and conditions of GP training places (which is excellent), there actualy aren't any doctors to fill those places, so it is at present, all talk and no action.
There are no specialities in NZ that are currently NOT short of doctors.
The simple fact of the matter is, we need to train more doctors: we need to train more doctors who wish to be a GP; we need to improve the medical school training to encourage GPs.
Both Otago and Auckland medical schools had the oportunity to have more community focussed training when Waikato Medical School was first touted. Both promoised to change. Nothing ever changed.
The proposed Waikato Medical School would alleviate all of these issues.
It is community based training that is proven in similar models overseas.
It is post-grad only (suggesting it will select those that really want to do medicine, as opposed to selecting those that do medicine because they did well at school)
It will increse the medical workforce.
It wil be primarily aimed at general practice, but graduates coud equally do other specialities if they choose - it is an equal medical degree.
There are now no excuses to not proceed with a third medical school. To not do so will keep us heading down the same crisis road.
Why the contribution is important
Workforce crisis solution in both primary and secondary care
by Leamark on November 03, 2022 at 09:36AM