Embattled GP wins right to recruit IMG

A rural GP appears to have won his battle with bureaucrats to recruit an IMG doctor after threatening to close down his town’s only medical centre.

Dr Horst Herb, who has been practising as a GP in the north-western NSW town of Dorrigo for more than a decade, only found out by accident in June that the Department of Health and Ageing no longer considered his area a District of Workforce Shortage (DWS).

As a result, his application to get a rural provider number for a new IMG he wanted to employ