$8m govt intern package welcomed

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the placements were a step towards the medical training targets necessary to meet future healthcare needs.

But there had been no comprehensive long-term policy from either party during the campaign so far, he said.

“The Commonwealth has invested heavily in the expansion of medical school places, with more than 3800 graduates expected each year by 2016, but we now need a firm plan to meet demand beyond that period.”