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Proposed Waikato med school faces challenge from Otago and Auckland

AARON LEAMAN | Stuff.co.nz | March 21 2017

Otago and Auckland have been accused of trying to grab the initiative off Waikato by proposing a new national school of ...

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Otago and Auckland have been accused of trying to grab the initiative off Waikato by proposing a new national school of rural health.

A proposal by Otago and Auckland to reverse a shortage of rural doctors has been slammed as too little, too late, by backers of a Waikato med school.

Months after Waikato University and the Waikato DHB revealed a bold bid to create the country’s third medical school, Otago and Auckland’s medical schools have pitched a rival bid.

The established schools want to create a national school of rural health, despite previously rejecting figures which show as little as 15 per cent of medical graduates opt to become GPs.

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