Medical and Scientific: Massive GP wait times blowout a legacy of lockdown

08 Apr 2021 - Medical and Scientific

International border closures have exacerbated a Statewide GP shortage — blowing out waiting times at some practices to several days and increasing pressure on already busy emergency departments. GPs are also struggling to catch up on examinations delayed by patients at the height of the pandemic early last year. In some cases, people even postponed diagnosis and treatment for conditions as serious as depression, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and asthma. Royal Australian College of General Practitioners WA chairman Sean Stevens said the GP shortage was most acute in the regions and lower socioeconomic areas of Perth including Rockingham, Armadale, Midland and Clarkson.

West Australian; 08/03/2021; Page 5