GP corporate accused of holding town to ransom over medical records

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One of Australia’s largest GP corporates is being accused of holding a rural community “to ransom” after demanding $100,000 to hand over patient records to the GP taking over the town's sole general practice.

Tristar, the bulk-billing rural corporate, ended its services in the NSW Riverina town of Hay last month.

But it is now asking for the money from Hay Shire Council to cover the administrative cost of transferring its patient records to the practice taking over the lease.

The council argues it should get the records for free because

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