College of GPs welcome commitment to grow Aotearoa鈥檚 health workforce

13 September 2023

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The Health Minister鈥檚 commitment to growing the workforce is a welcome step in addressing the issues that all health workers are facing, says 麻豆视频入口.

College President Dr Samantha Murton says, 鈥淎ll medical specialities, including general practice and rural hospital medicine, are experiencing staff shortages.

鈥淭his is resulting in longer wait times, closed practices, reduced hours and services, and fewer available beds which in turn is having a serious impact on the health of 麻豆视频入口ers, and this is not acceptable.鈥

When it comes to growing the number of specialist general practitioners and rural hospital doctors, today鈥檚 announcement made mention of implementing the Workforce Plan to grow this workforce, increasing the number of M膩ori and Pasifika GPs and establishing a National RMO Support Service.

鈥淪pecialist general practitioners and primary healthcare teams improve life expectancies of the communities they serve, so the actions to grow our workforce need to be top of mind in the post-election first 100 days.

鈥淭he College acknowledges the importance of increasing 鈥渉omegrown鈥 GPs and rural hospital doctors, including more M膩ori and Pasifika, because we need a workforce that truly reflects and understands our country鈥檚 diverse population.

鈥淭he College will continue to advocate for its over 5,700 members and address the workforce鈥檚 concerns by presenting solutions to ensure this crucial part of the sector is valued and sustainable now and into the future,鈥 says Dr Murton.

Today鈥檚 announcement from Minister Verrall is to train 335 more doctors every year from 2027, which includes their existing commitment of 50 additional medical school places in 2024, and an additional 95 places in 2025, 2026, and 2027.