Hundreds of rural practices brace for the IMG exodus

Dr Michael Clements says within days of the Federal Government's controversial policy change one of his doctors said she was leaving

The exodus of IMGs from rural areas appears to have begun, with the RACGP’s rural chair saying a GP at his practice on Magnetic Island, Queensland, has already handed in her resignation and left for the mainland.

Dr Michael Clements
Dr Michael Clements.

Two weeks ago, the Federal Government allowed IMGs on the 10-year moratorium to work in regional centres — including Townsville and Cairns, both with