In recent years, the number of general practitioners (GPs) in New Zealand has been in decline. This is concerning for a number of reasons. First, GPs are the front-line health care providers in our communities. They are often the first point of contact for people when they are seeking medical help. Second, as the population ages, there will be an increased demand for GP services. Finally, GPs play a vital role in providing continuity of care, which is essential to good quality health care.
The decline in the number of GPs is due to a number of factors. Firstly, many GPs are reaching retirement age and there are not enough young GPs coming through to replace them. Secondly, GPs are leaving the profession due to increasing workloads and stagnant remuneration. Thirdly, GPs are migrating to other countries where working conditions and pay are better.
The consequences of the decline in the number of GPs are already being felt. GP clinics are closing down, especially in rural areas. People are having to travel further to see a GP. Wait times for appointments are getting longer. And, as more GPs retire, there will be an even greater shortfall in the number of GPs available to meet the needs of our communities.
The government is aware of the problem and is taking steps to address it. The recent increase in immigration numbers includes a target for more GPs to come to New Zealand. In fact the occupation is now listed in the Green List of occupations that are in high demand in New Zealand. The government is also working on initiatives to improve retention of GPs, such as the Better Workplaces Better Health package.
Despite these efforts, it is clear that more needs to be done to address the GP shortage in New Zealand. This is especially true in rural areas where GP numbers are particularly low. Increasing the number of GPs will require a concerted effort from government, employers, and medical schools. But it is an essential step if we are to maintain and improve the quality of healthcare in New Zealand.
New Zealand's immigration department now wants to provide a clear and quick pathway to foreign GP's for entering the workforce here. For that the occupation has been listed in the Green List. However, for a layman it would be difficult to understand what it means.
That's why overseas GP's who wish to move to New Zealand should consult with us for their immigration needs. Professional Visa Solutions is an Auckland based boutique immigration advisory firm that is 100% dedicated to assisting medical professionals with their visa applications.
We have a proven track record in assisting GP's from a range of countries with their immigration to New Zealand. We will provide you with expert advice and guidance throughout the visa application process, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that your application is successful.
If you are a GP who is interested in moving to New Zealand, please contact us today to discuss your options. We offer a initial consultation. Book one now to take things ahead.