TALKS OF FUNDING: Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Services and Indigenous Health Andrew Laming and Federal member for Dawson George Christensen chat with Cannonvale Medical Centre doctor Michael McFall (centre) about the importance of gaining federal health funding for the area.
TALKS OF FUNDING: Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Health Services and Indigenous Health Andrew Laming and Federal member for Dawson George Christensen chat with Cannonvale Medical Centre doctor Michael McFall (centre) about the importance of gaining federal health funding for the area.

Region misses out on Federal funds

FEDERAL member for Dawson George Christensen was furious the Whitsundays missed out on a bite of the Federal health funding cherry last week.

Mr Christensen and shadow parliamentary secretary for regional health Andrew Laming met with some Whitsunday doctors to chat about the shortage of GPs in the region and issues surrounding that.

In what he dubbed as the "missing millions" Mr Christensen said some funding could have built a multi-purpose allied health facility in the Whitsundays.

"You have got to look after your doctors or you lose them," he said.

"Practices here are overrun and desperate.

"Good infrastructure attracts people [to the region] but we have got nothing."

About $475 million is dedicated to a second funding round for regional health later in the year which Christensen hoped the region would see.

Cannonvale Medical Centre operator Dr Michael McFall said a lack of GPs in the area was a real problem.

He said practices were supposed to operate at a ratio of about 1000 patients per doctor-his practice currently has about 3500.

"We are really short staffed," he said.

"The Government is keeping Cannonvale Medical Centre from expanding."

 

the Whitsundays missed out on a bite of the federal health funding cherry last week.

Mr Christensen and shadow parliamentary secretary for regional health Andrew Laming met with some Whitsunday doctors to chat about the shortage of GPs in the region and issues surrounding that.

In what he dubbed as the "missing millions" Mr Christensen said some funding could have built a multi-purpose allied health facility in the Whitsundays.

"You have got to look after your doctors or you lose them," he said.

"Practices here are overrun and desperate.

"Good infrastructure attracts people [to the region] but we have got nothing."

About $475 million is dedicated to a second funding round for regional health later in the year which Christensen hoped the region would see.

Cannonvale Medical Centre operator Dr Michael McFall said a lack of GPs in the area was a real problem.

He said practices were supposed to operate at a ratio of about 1000 patients per doctor-his practice currently has about 3500.

"We are really short staffed," he said.

"The Government is keeping Cannonvale Medical Centre from expanding."

 


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