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
Associate Professor Michael Clements
Associate Professor Michael Clements.

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.

Two weeks ago, the Federal Government allowed IMGs on the 10-year moratorium to work in regional centres — including Townsville and Cairns, both with populations in excess of 150,000.