AMA warns general practices already considering layoffs

President Dr Tony Bartone says practices are dealing with mass cancellations and reduced foot traffic

General practices are considering laying off receptionists, nursing staff and GP registrars because of mass cancellations and a slump in face-to-face consults, the AMA warns.

Dr Tony Bartone
AMA president Dr Tony Bartone.

There is growing concern about the financial impact of coronavirus on the specialty, with some practices reporting 60% falls in attendances in recent weeks.

The financial losses will only be partially offset by