Rural doctors pressure govt

RDAA president Dr Sheilagh Cronin told MO she had met with Health Minister Tanya Plibersek in late January and was told the minister had not yet received the Senate inquiry report into rural workforce incentives and classification given to her office before Christmas.

“We are losing heart,” Dr Cronin said.

“We have been going on about this for five years.

“We have had no response after numerous delegations in the Senate committee and we are calling for a response.

“We don’t think it’s acceptable to leave things as the status quo until the next election.” 

Dr Cronin said there was now eight months for both sides of government to commit to maintaining and increasing their support to ensure a viable future for rural general practice and rural procedural medical services.

“Rural doctors have been unanimous in their call for a change to the current ASGC-RA