Having recently been given a 3 week wait for an appointment to see a Doctor in Foxton and having been treated in the last 18 months only by Locums, I requested the retired Doctor Locum suggest a "new Doctor" for me.
I was then informed that this Doctors last practice in Levin had thousands of patients trying for the
same thing ... a regular Doctor.
The retired Doctor then told me that New Zealand was becoming a Nation of "Hobby Doctors", with Women Doctors
now dictating the hours they will work, part time, as they juggle the family, pregnancy and the life style farm.
The Women Doctors are not prepared to work 70 hours per week as was the "norm" for the Family GP.
They have become selective not only of the hours they work, but of the patients they see.
I was astounded to hear this regarding Women Doctors and wonder if there are any views on this?