Australia puts curbs on foreign doctors

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 23 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1284

The Australian federal government is clamping down on foreign doctors, claiming that some are cheating the immigration system to get in via the back door.

The minister for health, Dr Michael Wooldridge, has banned doctors who have just arrived in Australia from entering general practice for at least 10 years in an attempt to cut the oversupply of general practitioners in urban areas. The plan means that the doctors, including those from New Zealand …

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