Death sparks warning over shift to telehealth in rural areas

There would be 'uproar' if telehealth were replacing on-site doctors in cities like Sydney, says a regional NSW GP in the wake of a woman's death

A GP is warning that patients in country areas are in danger of substandard care as a result of moves to replace on-site doctors with telehealth. 

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Dr Phillip Jolly made his comments in the wake of a woman's death at a NSW regional hospital where no doctor was present.

In mid September, Dawn Trevitt, 66, was taken by ambulance to the Gulgong Multi-Purpose Service where her daughter said she died from a gastrointestinal rupture.