Med school turf wars: Auckland and Otago unis oppose Waikato's proposed third med school

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There is a turf war going on between medical schools in New Zealand.

Waikato University is pitching for a new school based at Waikato Hospital which would train 60 doctors a year.
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Waikato University is pitching for a new school based at Waikato Hospital which would train 60 doctors a year.

Vice Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley says we need more GPs.

"We have shortages of doctors in provincial centres and in rural areas in general practice," he says.

But the established medical schools, Auckland and Otago, aren't keen.

The Dean of Medical and Health Science at Auckland University John Fraser says it already has 150 students based at Waikato Hospital and says they'd be booted out.

"There is already a programme at Waikato Hospital," Mr Fraser says.

"It's our programme and we have about 150 undergraduates who train there per year.

A new prorgamme from Waikato University would displace those students and they really have nowhere else to go"
John Fraser, Auckland Uni

"A new prorgamme from Waikato University would displace those students and they really have nowhere else to go.

"So we have quite considerable concerns about what effect an additional programme would have."

Otago University is also worried about not having enough training positions.

Professor Peter Crampton says "a third school could also have serious consequences for the medical workforce with issues related to bottle necks in vocational training and distribution problems."

We are opposed to the third medical school"
Peter Crampton, Otago Uni

Waikato University would need funding from the Government for the proposal.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce says, "It's an interesting proposal. Minister Coleman and I have just received the business case. We'll take some time now to assess it before any decisions are made."

Prof Crampton from Otago University says "We are opposed to the third medical school, but understand that it is the Government's prerogative to make such decisions".

"We expect to be consulted as part of this process, as this is a serious decision with far-reaching consequences for New Zealand."

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