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.'