Hospital has no accreditation yet to recruit new trainees

Gladstone Hospital director of medical services Dr Nicki Murdock.
Gladstone Hospital director of medical services Dr Nicki Murdock. Brenda Strong

A WHOPPING 700 trainee doctors will start work in Queensland hospitals in the new year, but Gladstone Hospital won't see any until mid-2014, and might miss out altogether.

This week the Department of Health revealed that the new doctors had found work across the state, including at Rockhampton and Bundaberg hospitals.

In January, 30 new doctors will start work in Rockhampton, and 16 in Bundaberg.

It comes as Gladstone struggles to recruit GPs.

But Gladstone Hospital director of medical services Dr Nicki Murdock doesn't think Gladstone Hospital is missing out.

"The application for accreditation has been put in the system for next May," Dr Murdock said.

"Without the accreditation, we can't recruit new trainees."

If successful, five new recruits would start work at the hospital by mid-next year.

"The accreditation program will increase the number of medical students in training and increase the chances of them wanting to stay on and work in Gladstone," Dr Murdock said.

She said any trainee doctors would be rotated around the emergency, obstetrics, surgery, general medicine and paediatric departments.

The Postgraduate Medical Education Council of Queensland is responsible for granting training accreditation to hospitals right across the state.

In 2011 the PMCQ visited Gladstone Hospital to determine how a training program could be established.

The PMCQ said it was waiting for a Queensland Health funding approval before it could return to Gladstone Hospital next year.

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