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The $265,000 job that no one wants






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There is a doctor's job in a small New Zealand town that no one wants. It pays US$265,000 a year. There is no weekend work, and houses in the area are cheap. The job is just four days a week, with 12 weeks' holiday a year. The current doctor Alan Kenny is leaving. He cannot find a replacement. Four medical companies also could not find a replacement. Dr Kenny thinks people want to live and work in the city and not in the countryside.

Last year, Dr Kenny could not go on a family holiday because he could not find a doctor to replace him. He has been a doctor in the town for 30 years. He said he wouldn't change his countryside life for city life. He wants to retire and he needs to give his patients to a younger doctor. He said his work keeps him busy. He loves his job. He said: "I would like to stay but I hit my head against a brick wall trying to attract doctors."

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