Tonight there will be a Four Corners programme on shortcomings in rural medical care, particularly for obstetrics and cancer patients.
“RDA federal president Dr Ross Maxwell has told Four Corners that, on the current trend, there will not be a single rural doctor trained to deliver babies in five years’ time.
“It will be catastrophic for the people, the women who live in rural and remote Australia, and there will be a group of women who can afford or it may suit to come to Sydney to have their babies, but the majority of women that won’t be the case,” he said.”
Successive governments at both State and Federal levels have stood by while rural medical practitioners are not replaced. What needs doing to attract more and better trained doctors and nurses to our rural areas?
Crossposted at Larvatus Prodeo.