Long-term solution needed for medical training crisis

The Commonwealth has offered to fund 100 extra medical internships in the private sector next year as federal and state health ministers seek an agreement on how to overcome a shortfall in places.

Ministers held a phone conference yesterday to discuss who would pay for the almost 200 internships needed to ensure Australian-trained international students are not forced to head back overseas to find work as doctors.

The federal government yesterday offered to provide one-off funding of $10 million for 100 extra intern places in the private sector in 2013.

In return, students would have to