20 May 2012

Call for more accountability for rural health scheme

3:19 pm on 20 May 2012

The Labour Party is calling on the Government to take greater accountability for the bonding scheme designed to improve health services in rural areas.

The scheme, which was introduced in 2009, offers student debt write-offs or cash incentives in return for graduates working in hard to staff areas.

It applies to doctors, midwives, nurses and other health areas.

Labour's rural affairs spokesperson Damien O'Connor wants separate statistics for the rural bonding scheme, rather than putting them together with all hard to staff areas, so that it can be determined how well the scheme is working in rural communities.