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More GPs looking at emigrating to New Zealand after Brexit

The New Zealand government claimed that it saw a surge in interest from UK health workers looking into the possibility of emigrating following the vote to leave the European Union. 

Recruitment companies told Pulse that they had seen an increase in GPs making enquiries after the referendum.

The weekend after the referendum, 225 British health workers registered an interest in a move to New Zealand, compared to only 57 the week before and one medical recruitment agency had a 30% increase in the number of health professionals contacting them.

Just after the Brexit vote, Immigration New Zealand’s website received an average 5,500 visits per day, compared to 2,000 normally.

Matt Hoskin from Immigration New Zealand said to TVNZ ‘We’ve seen a four times increase in registrations for all occupations which is significant and in some sectors such as health that increase has been about five times higher.’

Accent Health recruitment told Pulse it had received 18 new GP enquiries from 23 June to 19 July, while they normally only get two or three per week.

They said: ‘Doctors and nurses working in the NHS are concerned about budgeting and therefore the safety of their patients and the staffing levels.

‘The typical enquiries have been from family, and medical professionals aged 35-50, the parents want to have a secure future for their children.‘


Readers' comments (13)

  • Managers too.

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  • Vinci Ho

    Brexit means Brexit.
    That is why Auntie May and the Chancellor should be even more humbled by this post referendum reality and be very careful in steering this 'ship' as people underestandably choose other options in a time of uncertainty. Insisting in a culture of bullying , ignoring and imposition will you two to no where and don't say the warnings were not obvious ......

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  • Why wouldn't you want to emigrate to NewZealand. It's a beautiful country and the people are generally pretty decent.

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  • Agree
    NHS has become a mess as has housing here
    Go to

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  • I worked in NZ in the past
    Absolutely heavenly country great people but although rather isolated and parochial a great little country
    Also they liquidated the insane and wasteful marketisation of health care that the crazed corrupted imbeciles of England still follow and reverted to NHS style again
    This is because they are led by civilised intelligent people as opposed to the sick deluded swivel eyed wingnuts in London

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  • UK is a safe haven for lazy GPS. In Newzealand and Australia, GPs only get paid when they see a patient. There are also no practice boundaries - patients can register anywherw with a good GP. If UK GPs think they can continue their lazy lifestyle in these countries by working part-time after emigrating- then you are wrong as you will end up earning peanuts. Only work pays and nothing else: so please think wisely and abandon your poor work ethic before deciding to emigrate.

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  • Remoaners. Large numbers of enquiries from upset remoaners will turn into nothing.

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  • To Salaried GP 6:19am

    I'd imagine you would get very well paid for seeing 50+ patients face-to-face, 3-5 home visits, 7-10 telephone consultations in a day then?

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  • Anonymous | Salaried GP04 Aug 2016 6:19am

    Nice trolling there. Very appropriate for Lord of the Rings country NZ

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  • For God sake for this commentator who said
    we are lazy GPs.Comparing what we earn to for example CEO of Barclay is peanut .
    Most of CEOs sit behind their desks from morning to 5 pm signing papers and answering phone calls and they earn between 500k to one million a year. We take responsibility of patients health and life is that not enough.

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