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Working overseas

I am a British trained GP. GP training cert, MRCGP, the lot. Could I get a substantive post in Somerset where I worked, no. I had job interviews, but because as a male doctor wanting a part time post I was often told sorry but another candidate has the job but would you be able to do the locus next week! So one way or another I would have to move. So I did in 2007, We upped sticks my wife & I, 3 children, 3 cats & all our possessions. 

That was 8 years ago. I am a GP in Napier Hawkes Bay New Zealand at a busy, "City practice," Napier is about 50000 population. It's a great mix of normal GP work & what New Zealand calls A&M work so acute medical emergencies & minor (or not so minor) trauma. 15 minute appointments time for paperwork & admin. I get to be a bit of a casualty doctor as well as a GP which suits me brilliantly. I work a 4 day week including rostered weekends every 6 to 8 weeks but time off during the week to make up for the weekend. I am liked & respected by my patients & coworkers.

When my wife was seriously ill in 2011 the outpouring of support from patients & colleagues was overwhelming. Thankfully all is well now.

Home life is great we live in a house we had built ourselves ourselves with views of Te Mata Peak. We have traveled around New Zealand, my wife doesn't work now as she has no pressure to do so. Nursing & midwifery in the NHS will do that to you. The children are happy in school in New Zealand. They get to be children play sports, all 3 children have played for at least one school sports team, my younger daughter for hockey cricket football & ripper rugby teams.

Would we go back to the UK? No! what about family you ask? My mother moved over last year. My wife's father & step mother moved over 5 years ago. My mother-in-law visits almost every year. So no family pressures drawing us back.

I am not say New Zealand is perfect there are still issues with funding the local DHB (equal to UK trust) etc but it's better than the UK for me.