GP hands out food to needy patients

The Fiji-born doctor and practice co-director has not only vowed to waive a co-payment if one is introduced, he is giving away fresh food to patients at his 24-hour clinic at Kirwan in Townsville’s west.

In his more than 12 years as a bulk-billing GP in the north Queensland city, Dr Kumar said he has encountered many patients who couldn’t even pay the small sum needed to pick up their medication.

Given a script on a Tuesday, they’d ask him, “Can’t it wait till Thursday, Doc?”

“I could see these people needed to save money in every way they