The Herald reports:
The Government has scrapped plans to establish a School of Rural Medicine.
The previous Government, before last year’s election, promised to create the school in a bid to attract more doctors to the regions.
The University of Waikato and the Waikato DHB put forward the idea to the Government and Otago and Auckland Medical Schools also had played a part in its proposal.
Basically this was about Waikato trying to set up a third medical school. This always seemed a bad idea as they had no particular expertise in this area.
Auckland and Otago were strongly against this, and then a compromise was done where they would all work together on it.
But it seems to me it was more a solution looking for a problem, and that any issues around rural health could be done through the two existing medical schools.
So on this issue I think David Clark has made the right call. There’s better things to spend $250 million on in health.