Calls for Public Hearing into GP Crisis

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29 November 2021


EMMA MCBRIDE MP
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
SHADOW ASSISTANT MINISTER FOR CARERS
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR DOBELL

CALLS FOR PUBLIC HEARING INTO GP CRISIS ON CENTRAL COAST

Federal Member for Dobell and pharmacist, Emma McBride is urgently calling for a public hearing into the GP crisis to be held on the Central Coast.

A Senate Inquiry has been putting the spotlight on GP shortages in regional Australia for the past few months, with the first public hearing getting underway in Canberra last week.

Ms. McBride says the north end of the Coast has been struggling with the GP crisis for years, and locals deserve the chance to tell their story.

“Countless Coasties wrote to the Senate Inquiry about the lack of GPs in our community,” she said.

“We have patients who are waiting weeks for routine appointments, practices that have been forced to close their books, GPs who are overworked and exhausted, and emergency departments that are stretched to capacity.

“We are at a crisis point, and the Senate Inquiry needs to hear from our community.”

Ms. McBride believes it is crucial that the Senate Inquiry holds a public hearing on the Coast.

She renewed her calls for a local hearing during a speech she gave in Parliament on Monday, which will be the last sitting week of the year.

“People on the north end of the Coast deserve the chance to tell their story.

“Coasties deserve quality healthcare, close to home that they can afford, and I call on the Inquiry to listen to the experiences of our community.

“Our community deserves better.”


MONDAY, 29 NOVEMBER 2021