For some reason, no one wants this £190kayear junior doctor job in New Zealand


For some reason, no one wants this £190k-a-year junior doctor job in New Zealand

Tokoroa has been described as ‘the city that almost was’ (Picture: Alamy)

A small medical practice in Tokoroa, New Zealand has posted an advertisement for a junior doctor who will be paid an annual salary of £190,000, work a four-day week and have twelve weeks leave per year.

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Well, there doesn’t appear to be one, and yet Dr Alan Kenny, who co-owns the practice, says that two years and four medical recruitment firms have failed to yield a single applicant.

Dr Kenny, who moved from the UK 30 years ago to take the job, is one of six doctors who work at the practice.

‘I love my work and I would like to stay but I hit my head against a brick wall trying to attract doctor,’ he told the New Zealand Herald.

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‘Auckland has the biggest medical school and most kids who go to medical school come from wealthy families in the Auckland area. Last year, I cancelled a holiday because I couldn’t get a locum … and this year I am probably going to have to cancel a holiday … and it’s just tough for me.’

The NZ$400,000 income is double that of the average salary for GPs in New Zealand.

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Dr Kenny, whose daughter works at the practice, said he can offer a junior doctor ‘a really, really amazing income – it’s incredible.’

‘My practice has exploded in the last year and the more patients you list, the more money you get,’ he said.

Tokoroa, described as ‘the city that almost was’, has 22 per cent unemployment and a declining population.

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