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might be dealt with. I daren’t think
of the waste that would occur if
the bureaucracy decided to build a
whole new framework and a new
set of criteria, and that, no doubt
would come out of the $90 million.
The PHO Services Agreement
Amendment Protocol (PSAAP) group, which I am a par t of, will be
heavily involved with how the under-13s scheme will be implemented.
Aside from the fact that the PHO service agreement will need to be
altered, the PSAAP is a group that represents all those affected by the
scheme, from GPs to DHBs and the Ministry of Health.
Everyone wants this new funding to be used in the most effective manner,
although, as always, the devil will be in the detail. For example, is the
funding sufficient to cover the health care needs of this group? How do
we account for the variability in fees across the sector for the under-13s?
While issues such as these will need to be worked through, at the
end of the day, it will be the job of every GP to make sure this funding
works best for young New Zealanders.
Dr Tim Malloy, President
GPEP applications a positive sign
I am very pleased to be able to repor t that the College has received
a large number of applications for this year’s intake into our General
Practice Education Programme (GPEP).
Having more doctors apply for GPEP Year 1 is really exciting and a
great indication that we have a number of registrars keen to become
GPs at a time when we need more doctors choosing general practice
as a challenging and rewarding career as some of our older GPs move
closer to retirement.
The College will now go through our normal selection processes prior
to making training offers to successful registrars. I want to thank all
those involved in the selection process. Your work is much appreciated.
Our GP Conference and Quality Symposium is just about upon us, so in
this edition of GP Pulse, we provide a couple more interviews with keynote
speakers – this time for the Quality Symposium. Additionally, we have a
sample of presentations for the Conference to give you a taste of the kind
of issues and research that will be covered over the four-day event.
We also have some interim results
from our workforce sur vey,
which we share with you in this
edition of GP Pulse on page 5.
Initial data on the future intentions
of the workforce in terms of
current working hours and future
intentions to either move to
par t-time hours or retire is rather
The Education Convention, which was held last month, was very
successful and a great oppor tunity for medical educators and in-
practice teachers from around New Zealand to get together to share
and learn the latest teaching techniques. I always find it inspiring talking
to doctors who have such a passion for general practice and promoting
the pathway through to Fellowship.
Helen Morgan-Banda, CEO
Dr Tim Malloy
Budget boost can address
It has been very interesting watching the reaction to the recent Budget.
There’s no doubt there were some real positives to come out of it for
the health sector, but there were also concerns expressed about how
some of the initiatives might pan out.
The $90 million for free visits and prescriptions for under-13s was, at
face value, welcomed by the sector. And it cer tainly struck a chord with
families. Children form a large par t of the population that GPs treat, and
raising awareness and access to immunisation and early intervention
care is crucial in the general health and wellbeing of a child.
Additionally, evidence is emerging that suggests that zero fees to under-
6s introduced in 2008 has had a positive impact on hospitalisations,
as parents have begun taking their children to GPs when symptoms
emerge rather than when their children become more seriously unwell.
It is reasonable to expect a similar outcome in older children, which will
potentially put more pressure on general practices.
So, where to from here?
With the under-13s initiative, it may be timely to revisit what we have
already gone through in the administering of the under-6s programme.
This was not a perfect model, but it worked for most GPs on most
levels. It’s a good star ting point for how the under-13s arrangement
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