Bonded bush doctors bail out of contracts

Dozens of bonded doctors who signed up to work in the bush for six years in return for financial support for their medical degrees have backed out of the contracts.

But many who breached the terms of the controversial Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme have escaped without penalty, Australian Doctor can reveal.

The scheme, which offers $26,000 a year towards university fees in exchange for working in a rural or regional area once the doctor attains fellowship, has been