30 Jan 2024

Shortage of staff, Palmerston North flying in Australian doctor

From Checkpoint, 5:16 pm on 30 January 2024

A shortage of specialist doctors means one senior clinician is being flown in from Australia for a week every month, and works the rest of the time remotely.

Te Whatu Ora won't discuss how much this costs, but says the job the doctor fills is difficult to recruit for.

Sector groups agree, saying it highlights a wider shortage of specialist staff.

Jimmy Ellingham reports.