Rules tightened for overseas-trained doctors
By Martin Johnston
11:51 AM Wednesday Aug 18, 2010

Health authorities have tightened rules around the monitoring of overseas-trained doctors, following concerns being expressed for several years over supervision.

The Medical Council and the 20 district health boards said today they had signed a memorandum of understanding that covers the employment of doctors.

The agreement outlines several new joint schemes of the council and DHBs, including development processes for international medical graduates. They are intended to improve their orientation and induction into the New Zealand health system.

Around 40 per cent of doctors practising New Zealand received their first medical degree overseas.

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