Christchurch GPs rally to help quake survivors

JUST weeks after floods and cyclones pushed Australian general practices to their limits, New Zealand GPs have begun recounting their own tales of coping with the aftermath of nature’s latest disaster.

The number of deaths from the 6.3 magnitude Christchurch earthquake stood at 113 as MO went to press, and was expected to rise as rescue and recovery efforts continued across the city. More than 200 people were still reported as missing.

The fate of the four GPs and four nurses who worked at the medical clinic located inside the CTV building, which was all but demolished by the quake, remained unknown. Fears were also held for staff at two other practices in the city.

Inevitably, GPs have found themselves on the front line. While some have opened their practices with limited staff, others are treating patients at welfare centres and hospitals.

Like many practices in the city, Dr Alec Marshall’s surgery had to close. His