The Central Coast Local Health District has welcomed 69 new intern doctors to the region.
According to Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, the District was able to up their 2019 intern doctor intake thanks to NSW Government funding with the new recruits working across both Wyong and Gosford Hospitals.
“Interns are a vital part of the team at the frontline of our health system,” Crouch said.
“Since 2011, the NSW Liberal Government has invested almost three-quarters of a billion dollars in the internship program.
“Under Labor, the investment in the program was just $63m in 2010.
“These junior doctors will be based at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals as part of their two-year employment contract,” Crouch said.
Liberal candidate for The Entrance, Brian Perrem, said the arrival of the new intern doctors will bolster the ranks of Wyong Hospital.
“This is a really exciting announcement for The Entrance community.
“The Berejiklian Government’s hard work to balance the NSW Budget means that we get this investment in junior doctors for our local hospital.
“These junior doctors will train and work and grow their skills right here on the Coast, making them an important part of our community,” he said.
During their first year, the graduates will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency as required by the Medical Board of Australia.
The second year focuses on consolidating professional practice and experience in different clinical settings.
The 2018/19 NSW Budget has added 1,370 health staff, including 300 medical practitioners, 950 nurses and midwives and 120 allied health professionals resulting in a record frontline clinical and clinical support staff of over 105,000 people.
Media release, Jan 24
Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch MP
Media statement, Feb 1
Brian Perrem, Liberal Candidate for The Entrance
Dilon Luke, Journalist