NZMAFriday 15 June 2012, 2:26PM
Media release from NZMA
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) is pleased that the
Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners is considering
acting as the employer of GPEP1 registrars.
The college has said it will submit a tender to Health Workforce
New Zealand in response to its request for expressions of interest
to secure an employer for the registrars.
"GP registrars are set to begin their training in December so it
is absolutely essential that the issue of which organisation will
employ them is resolved as quickly as possible," says NZMA Deputy
Chair Dr Mark Peterson.
"We are supportive of the revised GP training programme as it
seeks to enhance the GP role and make it more flexible to better
meet the needs of patients and the evolving primary care
While there is some concern about the college balancing their role
as trainer and employer, we believe this can be appropriately
The NZMA however is concerned that GP registrars have a voice in
"Our DITC offers a conduit for registrar representation, though we
also endorse the establishment of a dedicated GP registrar
representative group. It doesn't make sense to exclude GP
registrars from having input when this programme directly affects
their training and career."
The College has been working in partnership with Health Workforce
New Zealand and the Medical Council since 2010 to review how
general practitioners are trained and have updated the training
programme to enable GPs to provide more complex care.