VBS part of the rural workforce challenge

Date published
31 May 2017

The Voluntary Bonding Scheme is making a valuable contribution to solving rural workforce shortages but is only part of the ongoing response to GP and nurse shortages in rural areas, says New Zealand Rural General Practice Network Chief Executive Dalton Kelly (pictured).


Commenting on the latest Government announcement that this year 39 new graduate doctors and 19 GP trainees registered for the Government’s Voluntary Bonding Scheme (VBS) which will see them work in communities that find it hard to attract doctors and that 364 health professionals have registered to take part in the 2017 intake, Mr Kelly said that’s good news but alone won’t solve an historic and ongoing chronic shortage of rural GPs.  

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