Good quality health services are important to New Zealand families, and National is committed to providing these services in isolated and vulnerable areas.
National’s Voluntary Bonding Scheme has encouraged hundreds of medical staff to work in hard to staff communities and specialties. The scheme encourages newly-qualified doctors, nurses, and midwives to start their careers in hard to staff communities, or specialties, by offering payments to student loans after a three to five year bonded period.
The fourth intake of the scheme opened on 15 June. Applications from 278 graduates, and payments totalling more than $2.7 million, have already been approved and National has expanded the scheme to include radiation therapists and medical physicists.
Keeping these health professionals and specialists in New Zealand is part of National’s $14.12 billion commitment to delivering better health services.
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