Dr David Bvirahare checks the blood pressure of Damien Evans at Gladstone Hospital.
Dr David Bvirahare checks the blood pressure of Damien Evans at Gladstone Hospital.

Patients wait weeks for an appointment

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

PATIENTS at Gladstone's gen- eral practices are being turned away in their droves and wait- ing up to two weeks for doctors' appointments.

Many practice managers have attributed it to the state- wide doctor shortage.

One practice said its was turning away up to 50 patients a day due to the shortage and said its doctors were overworked. The Observer reported last week Gladstone Central Medical Centre worked hard for 18 months to secure an overseas- trained doctor.

Boyne Medical Centre princi- pal Pieter Van Dyke was con- cerned his medical centre would have difficulty retaining its overseas trained doctors.

'Queensland Health tell us we're not doing enough to at-tract Australian doctors,'' Dr Van Dyke said.

'Where are they?'

Dr Van Dyke said the practice had rarely had an Australian doctor respond to a job advertisement.

'There is not a single Austra- lian doctor in the entire Boyne Tannum area,' Dr Van Dyke said.

'We're working hard to pro- vide a service for the communi- ty but Queensland Health isn't helping.'



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