Most doctors from overseas quick to leave
5:00AM Thursday July 19, 2007

Fewer than 50 per cent of overseas-trained doctors remain in New Zealand for more than a year after they are registered here.

The high turnover meant a big workload on the Medical Council - which registered doctors - and increased the possibility of errors, said council chairman John Campbell.

"The chances of someone slipping through the system are higher," he told a briefing in Wellington yesterday. Professor Campbell said the high turnover of overseas-trained doctors was also wasteful of the effort put into their employment.

"If you're going to invest two or three months of [work in] orientation in someone who's here for only six months or a year ... it really puts pressure on the system.

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