New doctors plan to stay
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.