Hospital short on doctors
By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
GLADSTONE Hospital will be reduced to nearly half its desired number of doctor staff in the coming weeks.
Gladstone Hospital medical superintendent Dr Ian Mottarelly said while services were being maintained, areas such as elective surgery would be reduced when the hospital lost its third senior doctor in February.
'We're going to be very short over the coming weeks, possibly months,' Dr Mottarelly said.
Ideally the hospital should have eight or nine senior doctors and the same amount of junior doctors, according to Dr Mottarelly.
However, the hospital was currently short two senior doctors and three junior doctors. Another senior doctor and a junior doctor were leaving in February.
Dr Mottarelly said the doctors all had different reasons for leaving and the hospital was doing everything it could to attract doctors to the area.
He said the process to recruit overseas doctors, which involved a number of departments, took as long as 12 months to employ a senior doctor.
One overseas-trained junior doctor would start in February and another three overseas-trained junior doctors were expected in late March. One overseas senior doctor was not expected until April at the earliest.