VMOs fighting pay slash of up to 40%

The dispute flared after the district decreed the VMOs did not have an automatic right to be paid under the Rural Doctors Settlement Package, which is designed to discourage fly-in-fly-out doctors.

The veteran Queanbeyan Hospital VMOs at the centre of the dispute have withdrawn their services and say they are being penalised because they live closer to Canberra Hospital.

Under NSW Health policy, VMOs are only entitled to the settlement package — and its more generous rates — if