Australian government's plan to address shortage of doctors is rejected
- By: Christopher Zinn
Medical students and doctors in Australia have angrily rejected plans by the federal government to bond newly funded medical school places to six years' service in a rural location. The 234 places at universities outside the state capitals will be offered to students who were turned down for existing medical places.
The plan, to address a shortfall of at least 700 general practitioners in country areas, has been attacked by students who claim it is conscription and doctors who believe it is little better than blackmail.
The president of the Medical Students' Association, Nick Brown, said it was unfair to expect a commitment that will last years after students have graduated, adding there are better ways to attract doctors to rural areas.
“Boost up rural medical schools and rural clinical practice for the medical students to experience rural life and rural service first hand,” he said. “Then let them make