Otago Daily Times

Re­cruiters in­un­dated

- TESSA GUEST Oceania News · Wellington, New Zealand · New Zealand · United States of America · United Kingdom · Singapore · Australia · California · West Auckland · Auckland Region

WELLINGTON: Med­i­cal re­cruit­ment agen­cies have seen an over­whelm­ing in­crease in over­seas doc­tors and other med­i­cal work­ers want­ing to move to New Zealand.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ac­cent Med­i­cal Re­cruit­ment Pru­dence Thom­son has worked in this field for 25 years, and has never seen in­ter­est as high as in the past four months.

‘‘We have had prob­a­bly a ten­fold in­crease from the US and I ex­pect that to in­crease up un­til the third of Novem­ber with the US elec­tions, and then, de­pend­ing on what hap­pens over there, we will con­tinue to in­crease. We have been ab­so­lutely flooded, also from the UK, Sin­ga­pore and Aus­tralia.’’

Usu­ally, 2700 in­ter­na­tional nurses and 1600 in­ter­na­tional doc­tors are em­ployed in New Zealand each year.

Ms Thom­son said the high in­ter­est had been prompted by New Zealand’s com­par­a­tive suc­cess in han­dling Covid­19.

‘‘We’ve had a very, very pos­i­tive re­sponse from peo­ple from over­seas, and it’s mainly be­cause of Covid and changes in the po­lit­i­cal scene in the US.’’

Mel Mck­endrick­Marano shifted from Cal­i­for­nia to West Auck­land in mid­July with her part­ner and two young chil­dren, af­ter con­sid­er­ing the move for a few years.

Ms Mck­endrick­Marano, a nurse, said she ap­pre­ci­ated that she could get her daugh­ter back into school.

‘‘It was ex­cit­ing for us to be able to come here,’’ she said.

‘‘We could just move about in a coun­try that’s more uni­fied in the way they han­dle things.’’

Ms Thom­son said Covid­19 had has­tened the process of med­i­cal work­ers ar­riv­ing in New Zealand de­spite a two­week man­aged iso­la­tion pe­riod.

‘‘The quick­est we’ve moved some­one, in­clud­ing their ver­i­fi­ca­tion of their reg­is­tra­tion and their visa, was three and a­half weeks, but that was pretty im­por­tant to get him here quickly for wait­ing lists in New Zealand.’’

The process usu­ally takes three to four months. — RNZ

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