Fallout to aggravate difficulties with recruiting, say GPs

THREE local GPs say recruitment issues arising from the Dr Antonio Vega Vega saga are likely to cause "more serious community costs".

In a letter to The Morning Bulletin, doctors Michael Donohue, Richard Shepherd and Harley Wilson say the Central Queensland community has, over a long period, not been provided with an appropriate level of clinical specialists and has been underfunded.

"Our region has a long history of problems with attracting and retaining doctors, especially specialists in the public arena," they wrote.

"In a system required to provide medical services to greater than 300,000 people, it would be interesting to compare our needs and actual provision of services to other regions in Queensland.

"We lack adequate ED staff, have no neurosurgery, facio-maxillary surgery, ophthalmology, lack the staffing to provide definitive coronary care, lack physicians generally and at a super specialist level.

"Apart from orthopaedics, we lack surgeons and now lack urologists.

"We are unaware of staffing adequacy in other specialities. It is our understanding that all other regions in Queensland with comparable populations provide all of the above capabilities."


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