NSW Nationals Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh has welcomed 10 new doctors at Coffs Harbour Health Campus – they’re among the record 1027 interns starting work in NSW public hospitals this year.

“Interns are a vital part of the professional team at the frontline of the health system,” Mr Singh said.

“These enthusiastic and talented doctors want to make a difference, and they will be a great asset to our dedicated hospital staff.

“I’m delighted the NSW Nationals in Government are investing $107 million in this year’s internship program.”

Mr Singh said the medical workforce is the backbone of our healthcare system and the NSW Nationals in Government were committed to growing it even further.

“Between 2012 and 2019, the total NSW medical workforce grew by 30 per cent. In regional and rural areas, this growth was 38 per cent,” he said.

“The number of intern positions has also increased in the past eight years – this year’s 1027 intern positions represent an increase of 257 positions since 2011, an increase of 33 per cent.

“The NSW Nationals in Government have also pledged $2.8 billion over the next four years to recruit 8300 additional frontline health workers, with 45 per cent in regional NSW.”