A record number of mental health nurses have joined the voluntary bonding scheme:
The government’s Voluntary Bonding Scheme gives health professionals the incentive to fill gaps in hard-to-staff professions and in communities where they are needed.
This year overall, 357 people were accepted into the scheme, similar to last year.
However, a record 148 mental health nurses were accepted, up 11 percent on last year.
That included 24 from Canterbury District Health Board, 19 from Waitematā DHB and 18 from Counties Manukau DHB. . .
The scheme was launched in 2009. It offers bonded after-tax payments to doctors, midwives, nurses, medical physicists, radiation therapists, sonographers and dentists. . .
This was a National government scheme and it’s a far better one than Labour’s free-fees for all first year students.
The former is targeted, the latter is not. The former is for graduates, people who have successfully completed their studies, the latter is for first years who may or may not pass and if they do may or may not continue studying.
The voluntary bonding scheme makes it more attractive for people to take up work in hard-to-staff professions, communities and/or specialties.
It makes it less difficult for employers looking for those skilled people in those places and pays more to those who take up the jobs as either top-up income or off-setting their student loans off their student loans.
It also helps retain newly graduated professionals in New Zealand.
That’s good for employers, the people who need the services the professionals provide, and the country.
Contrast that with the fee-free policy which helps students, only some of whom need it, at considerable cost to the country.