New doctors should do rural work: poll

All newly qualified doctors should have to undertake mandatory placements in rural Australia for a fixed period to help solve the current medical workforce crisis, according to one quarter (26%) of those answering an Australian Doctor poll.

The findings are from a poll on the alternatives to using IMG doctors to prop up rural practice - an issue that has been hotly debated in the wake of a parliamentary report in March that recommended a scaling back of the decade-long IMG moratorium.

The poll suggests widespread support to end the IMG system, with only 5% voting

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