Rural plea: solve our struggles

RDAA president Dr Sheilagh Cronin said the National Health Performance Authority report Healthy Communities, released earlier this month, reconfirmed the greater difficulties faced by rural and remote communities in recruiting and retaining adequate numbers of GPs.

The report indicated 20% of people living in mostly large remote areas, with middle or lower socioeconomic status, reported waiting longer than acceptable for a GP appointment compared with just 13% of people surveyed living in areas of