Rural practices losing money training city GPs

Rural practices are losing money training future urban doctors and need to be better compensated, say GP supervisors.

Dr John Bird, a Gladstone GP Superclinic co-owner, says his practice is losing money supervising IMGs and — increasingly — GP registrars, who leave to relocate to cities as soon as they are qualified.

Dr Bird says until now the problem has been mostly restricted to IMGs, who make up a large proportion of the town's GP workforce. This group tended to move to the