Prominent rural GP wants his town pulled from DWS list

AWARD-WINNING GP and founder of the rural doctors’ movement Dr Paul Mara wants to pull his NSW town from the District of Workforce Shortage list, warning the scheme now threatens to harm rather than help rural medical services.

Dr Mara (pictured) says the expanded DWS system is encouraging the rise of an unwanted corporate-driven model in rural centres using overseas-trained doctors as GPs and disrupting existing medical services.

“I am not arguing against the DWS per se, but we need to add another layer to it that