3 Jun 2014

Mediation for foreign-trained doctors

8:32 pm on 3 June 2014

The Human Rights Commission says mediation will be attempted in a bid to resolve a dispute involving a group of foreign-trained doctors.

About 40 doctors have passed exams enabling them to work in New Zealand, but are struggling to get first-year hospital jobs.

Doctors from countries with different health systems must pass an exam before being able to apply for the vital training jobs.

They complained that they are excluded from applying amid pressure for the jobs from a growing number of New Zealand medical graduates.

The commission will say only that it will facilitate a confidential mediation process.

Morella Lascurain, a spokesperson for the doctors, said this is good news, but there is a frustrating lack of information about when it will happen.