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Because I have no doubt that the UK is faced with the same problem as
ie an impending workforce crisis in primary care and some specialties.
In New Zealand foreign doctors comprise around 40% of the workforce.
We export some of the best trained doctors in the world, and import
doctors from many countries that cannot afford to lose them.
This is the morally bankrupt position that our government has chosen to
Despite having a left wing "socially responsible" government - its
concerns are entirely focused upon staying in power rather than the
advancement of the health of New Zealanders, keeping our graduates in New
Zealand and helping third world countries by not stealing their graduates.
That said the best predictor of future competence is historical
For many reasons the world is headed for a shortage of competent medical
The solution is simple.
In order to maintain an intelligent and efficient workforce the people
will have to value doctors - give them the respect that they are due - and
pay them more.
Doctors experience stressors that are unique to the profession. The media
and public are happy to pillory us for our errors.
It is high time that the profession fought back.
Patients are not "clients" or "health care consumers" - they are patients.
There needs to be a major shift in public and political attitude and
reinstatement of the medical profession as top of the tree.
That is where we belong.