Get the GP: Agnes Water residents

THE six-month wait for a GP in Agnes Water goes on.

Residents have endured a flu season without the services of a doctor and after travelling 90 minutes in either direction to get some medical help, or simply renew prescriptions, patience, not patients, is running low.

The new Cal-Med Family Practice at the Agnes Water Medical Centre on Rafting Grounds Road is due to open soon, according to practice manager Rosemary Ford.

“We are still going through the complex and lengthy Medicare registration process for our centre, but we are doing the best we can and will be open as soon as possible,” Ms Ford said.

“Much activity is going on behind the scenes, planning and sourcing all our new equipment.”

The last of two private practices to close in the town this year shut its doors in early May, leaving people in the town without a service most areas of equitable size take for granted.

Residents have been left seething at the slow rate of progress, while the Gladstone Regional Council has maintained it is doing everything within its power to bring a conclusion to the issue.

A Federal Government incentive scheme to attract doctors to rural areas would provide a doctor with $30,000 to relocate to Agnes Water, however this initiative wasn’t received favourably by several local doctors due to the approval structure tied to the relocation.

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