University sends medical students to rural NZ to help relieve doctor shortages
The University of Auckland will double the number of medical students it sends to Taranaki in the hope it alleviates a severe shortage of rural GPs.
The university has 16 sixth-year students completing year-long placements at Taranaki Base Hospital.
Numbers will double next year when fifth-year students begin placements in Taranaki for the first time. Fifth-year placements will include time at Hawera Hospital.