A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Medical Council and the country's 20 District Health Boards to work jointly by determining their respective roles and responsibilities on the regulation of doctors in New Zealand.
MoU was signed by Mr. Philip Pigou, the Chief Executive of the Medical Council and Dr. Don Mackie, Chair of the DHB Chief Medical Officer group.
"The MoU will help achieve our joint objective of ensuring the competence and quality of our medical workforce. It will also in turn benefit patients by contributing to quality and safety in our health system", said Philip Pigou.
He further added that the positive relationship between the two parties will drive the MoU to success. Also, it was required for monitoring and establishing leadership between the DHBs, the Council and clinicians.
As per the MoU, the international medical graduates would be given a platform to aid the New Zealand health system with their orientation and induction. Also, the functioning of the New Zealand health system along with immigration and other support services will be exhibited through the online portal.
The shared services and responsibilities between council and DHBs will save time and money. It will also enhance the competence of doctors that is a step ahead towards ensuring public health and safety.
For extending the scope of MoU, the further step is to work with the RNZCGP and other stakeholders to know how to include primary care doctors in it.