Fears over doctors working "unsafe" hours

Under an agreement with CHSA, for the past 18 months Kangaroo Island’s six GPs have been providing 365 day a year, round the clock anaesthetic and obstetric cover for the island’s 15-bed hospital.

As part of the deal with CHSA the state funds a locum for one week each month to cover the emergency roster which, for the remaining 40 weeks of the year, is covered by the GPs.

Local GP Dr Mark Raines told MO that negotiations between the parties to extend the arrangement broke down after CHSA announced it would withdraw