Sickly cruise ship passengers are clogging GP clinics

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GPs in a popular Western Australian tourist town are being pushed to the limit by cruise ship passengers who are refusing expensive onboard treatment.

While Broome's pearl diving and pristine wilderness makes it a hit with cruise ships, the first ports of call for visiting passengers are often the town's five GP clinics, says Lesley Parker, who manages the Broome Doctors Practice.

“When a ship comes in, there is almost no chance that anyone can get an appointment because it gets very full, very hectic,” she says.

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