New doc­tors plan to stay

Townsville Bulletin - - The North On Holidays -

RECORDnum­ber­sof grad­u­ate med­i­cal stu­dents and nurses will start work in Queens­land pub­lic hos­pi­tals in 2007.

Pre­mier Peter Beat­tie has an­nounced that Queens­land Health would pro­vide a record 400 hospi­tal in­tern­ships in 2007 for young doc­tors en­ter­ing the health sys­tem for the first time.

Mr Beat­tie said the re­cruit­ment drive has been aimed at keep­ing in­terns who stud­ied in Queens­land from head­ing over­seas or in­ter­state to work.

This year, 221 of the 226 med­i­cal stu­dents who grad­u­ated from Bris­bane’s Univer­sity of Queens­land had ac­cepted jobs with Queens­land Health, as had 66 of the 74 grad­u­ate med­i­cal stu­dents from James Cook Univer­sity. Arecord 883 grad­u­ate nurses have ac­cepted jobs as reg­is­tered nurses with Queens­land Health to start in Jan­uary.

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