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O'Brien urges Labor to help fix Yarram GP shortage

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has called on the Andrews Labor Government to step up to help Yarram attract new doctors to the area.

Mr O’Brien said he has been contacted by a number of residents who are worried that the town does not have adequate health services to provide for the community, predominantly due to a shortage of doctors.

Speaking in Parliament on Tuesday, Mr O’Brien asked the Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, what was being done to solve the problem.

“There is significant community concern in and around Yarram about the inability of the town to attract enough GPs to service the town and surrounding area.

“There are currently just two full time permanent GPs in the town, although I'm advised an additional doctor is due to begin work this week and another is promised.

“However we have had these hopes raised before only to be dashed.

“I call on the government to do whatever it can to work with Yarram District Health Service and the Commonwealth to help attract new GPs to the town.

“Unfortunately the YDHS and the town more generally has struggled to attract and keep doctors to support the needs of the community for the long-term. This is putting pressure on the existing doctors in town and forcing some local patients to go elsewhere for medical appointments.

“That’s not good for the town or for the health of the community.”

The Minister for Health now has 30 days to formally respond to Mr O’Brien request.

 

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

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