Doctor boost for Narrogin
Posted on Monday, 21 July 2008
Earl Street Doctors Surgery has signed three additional doctors and one registrar bringing relief to residents frustrated with Narrogin health-care availability.
Expected to begin in the next two months, the recent appointments will increase surgery clinic numbers to six, taking pressure of all staff and particularly the doctors who split their time between consulting and the hospital.
Described as a “light at the end of the tunnel” by Dr Wynand Breytenbach, Earl Street Doctors Surgery, the new staff is the result of a long battle to entice and retain doctors for the community.
In Narrogin to discuss ways to ease the doctor crisis, the Hon Judi Moylan MP, Federal Member for Pearce said that rural doctors need greater support or they risk burn-out.
“It is not fair to doctors or their families to expect them to work under conditions where they are constantly on call, working eleven hour days plus,” Mrs Moylan said.
Working with the AMAWA and the Federal Department of Immigration, Mrs Moylan has sped-up the provision of provider numbers and ensured there are no undue delays in the issuance of visas.
A recent change by the Federal Government to overseas trained doctor’s period of employment has caused many problems in rural communities.
Doctors work for three months and if they leave before this time expires, the community is left without the services of the doctor and with no ability to employ another until the employment period has expired
A regular problem in country towns, Mrs. Moylan will discuss this with the Federal Minister for Health to try to have the rules relaxed and will highlight the additional problems with provider numbers, a requirement for doctors to practice.
“Doctor provider numbers should be evenly distributed as bigger centres such as Bunbury have additional services and a fully staffed hospital, yet they have the same amount of provider numbers for overseas trained doctors as Narrogin,” Mrs Moylan said.
“Consulting, delivering babies, surgery work and teaching students, all at the same time as servicing between 12 to 15,000 residents in town and the surrounding areas is placing rural doctors under unreasonable pressure.”