Four towns to 'share' GPs in new workforce experiment

Many rural communities lack capacity to support viable GP practices of their own, says regional health minister

Four country towns will be given cash so they can share permanent GPs after signing up to an experimental plan to fix their long-term doctor shortage.

Known as the '4Ts', Trangie, Tullamore, Tottenham and Trundle are roughly 150km west of Dubbo in NSW.

Only Trangie, with its population of roughly 1000, has a full-time GP.

Access to healthcare remains “spasmodic” despite repeated and lengthy recruitment campaigns, says Craig Davies, mayor of the local shire.

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