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June 6, 2007

Valuing the contribution of overseas trained doctors

The West Coast District Health Board is praising Government funding to support overseas trained doctors to complete their medical registration in New Zealand.

The West Coast is fortunate to have the much needed and valued services of both New Zealand and internationally trained doctors working in all areas of health in the region.

"Many overseas-trained doctors have provided great service for rural areas and we welcome their contribution," Chief Executive Kevin Hague said.

Mr Hague praised the Government for their initiative in lowering a significant hurdle that has nothing to do with medical suitability to practice, but which has been a significant barrier to recruitment.

"It is the skill level of the doctor and their ability to interact with people that is important to patients."

The West Coast DHB recruits both nationally and internationally for doctors to fill vacancies.

"Each year overseas trained doctors provide essential high quality medical services for thousands of West Coasters."

Mr Hague said overseas trained medical professionals were an essential element in the continued provision of health services on the West Coast and in many rural areas of New Zealand.

"Recruitment for rural areas is not always easy and this additional funding is a positive step in recognising the valuable contribution overseas trained doctors make to areas such as the West Coast.

For more information please contact
Vikki Carter
Community Liaison Officer
03 768 0499, Extn. 2665
027 245 9595

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