Funding cuts force GPs to ditch after-hours care

A GROUP of frustrated and overburdened GPs say they have been forced to withdraw their after-hours VMO services from a NSW hospital amid concerns doctors in other rural communities may soon follow suit.

Nine GPs who have previously provided after-hours care for Pambula Hospital on the NSW far south coast will continue their VMO roles but say service cuts - including closure of the maternity unit - have led to the loss of experienced nursing staff.

From today, critical patients attending the hospital after 10 pm will be triaged by nurses and transferred to Bega Hospital.

Local GP Dr Frank Simonson said the