5 Dec 2011

Rural GPs set out post election priorities

6:51 am on 5 December 2011

A group representing rural healthcare workers says it will be keeping the pressure on the Government to improve working conditions in rural areas, following its re-election.

The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network says many issues facing healthcare workers in rural communities are ongoing and historical.

Chairperson Joseph Scott-Jones says considering rural communities generate 80% of the country's GDP and represent 22% of the population, more emphasis should be placed on rural-specific health policies.

He says it's hard to retain healthcare workers in rural areas because of a lack of training and career opportunities.

Dr Scott-Jones says emergency and after-hours care also need to be better resourced.