Member for Lismore, Thomas George and Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin have today welcomed thirty two new doctors to the Northern NSW Local Health District, who were part of the new interns starting across the state.

“Interns are a vital part of the professional team at the frontline of the health system,” Mr George said.

“We are very happy to greet this new team of enthusiastic and talented doctors who want to make a difference, and develop their skills in the public health system.

“NSW has a record 1021 intern positions, more than any other state or territory, and 251 positions more than under Labor,” he said

The NSW Liberals & National Government has invested close to three-quarters of a billion dollars in the internship program since 2011.

Mr Curtin said the 2018/19 State Budget has allowed 1,370 health staff to be added into the health system.

“I welcome the fourteen doctors who have started their internships at our world class Lismore Base Hospital, alongside the eighteen who have begun placement at the Tweed Hospital.

“The Nationals in Government have worked to get the budget back into a positon which allows 300 medical practitioners, 950 nurses and midwives and 120 allied health professionals to the health system to be added across the state – resulting in a record frontline clinical and clinical support staff of over 105,000 people.

“Under Labor, the investment in the program was just $63 million in 2010,” Mr Curtin said.

During their one-year internship, the graduates will complete compulsory terms in the specialties of medicine, surgery and emergency as required by the Medical Board of Australia.

While the second year focuses on consolidating professional practice and experience in different clinical settings.

The interns will rotate through a network of metropolitan, regional or rural hospitals, as well as GP practices.

PHOTO: Member for Lismore, Thomas George meets with new doctors taking part in the NSW Government’s internship program at Lismore Base Hospital.

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