GPs left in the dark as practice deals with repeat blackouts

Dr Ajit Chaurasia has been asking the council to install a generator at his practice for the past four years.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Ajit Chaurasia. Photo: Rural Health West

Dr Ajit Chaurasia is used to power blackouts at his practice in rural WA, but this time, a bushfire was approaching and a heatwave forced him to camp in his backyard for two days.

The most recent power outage, which lasted four days, saw him close the only practice in Wongan Hills for effectively a week, at a time when residents needed care the most.