Not enough GPs as baby boomers retire

MEDICAL centre operator Primary Health Care has warned that too few training places are being created to replace the number of retiring baby boomer GPs.

The health group employs more than 700 GPs at its 82 medical centres, many of which are large-scale operations employing large numbers of GPs born in the immediate post-war years and now reaching retirement age.

The company plans to lift GP numbers by 40 per cent this financial year, but is worried that the federal government's doubling of GP training positions for medical graduates from 600 to 1200 places a year will not meet the industry shortfall.

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