Waikato Medical can fix our GP problem
A medical school backed by Waikato Hospital, pictured, and Waikato University seeks to train GPs to fill a critical shortage in the provinces.
The sides squared off in this month’s New Zealand Medical Journal. Today, Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray and Otago Medical School dean Prof Peter Crampton put their respective cases on the matter.
Waikato councils have publicly backed a proposal for a third New Zealand medical school.
Otago and Auckland have been accused of trying to grab the initiative off Waikato by proposing a new national school of rural health.
Kawhia GP John Burton is a rarity. A scion of Auckland's private school system, he has spent his career in a rural community.
The Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHĀNZ) welcomes the proposal to establish a new rurally-focussed medical school for New Zealand.