Medical and Scientific: Doctors crisis: billions fail to fix GP shortages

01 Feb 2021 - Medical and Scientific

Rural and regional communities face a critical shortage of doctors despite billions of dollars in taxpayer funds having been spent on the problem over more than a decade, as medical graduates shun general practice and seek to become specialists. The number of training places for rural doctors will fall this year because of a lack of applicants, while country communities around the nation struggle to fill vacancies and medical practices pay tens of thousands of dollars to overseas recruiters to find doctors. Rural Doctors Association of Australia chief executive Peta Rutherford said “the government invests about $1.2bn a year on initiatives aimed at getting a better distribution of doctors,” Ms Rutherford said. “It’s a lot of money but we are still missing the mark.”

Weekend Australian; 30/01/2021; Page 1