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New South Australian GP contract could disadvantage rural communities

by  S Lowe 5THE FM’s newsonline wattlerangenow

General Practice Registrars Australia have added their voice to the critical position of 108 GP Registrars who have been notified they will not be able to practice in rural hospitals unless the senior doctors supervising them, sign the CHSA contract by February 25th 2015.

The statement reads:-

General Practice Registrars Australia (GPRA) is the peak voice for the next generation of general practitioners (GPs). We represent more than 21,000 medical students, pre-vocational doctors and GP’s in training (GP registrars) across Australia.
Some of our members working as rural GP registrars in South Australia are currently being offered a contract that approves their work in state government-run country hospitals on the condition that their supervising GP signs the standard GP Agreement by 26 February 2015.
GPRA Vice Chair Dr Gerry Considine said he fears that linking this negotiation process with GP registrars’ ability to work and learn in country hospitals would disadvantage our members.
“While we understand that there are negotiations underway between the state health department and GP supervisors in South Australia, GPRA views this limitation of GP registrar’s scope of practice as a bargaining chip that will further disadvantage rural communities,” Dr Considine said.
“Many of our members work in rural areas and are acutely aware of the great difficulties in attracting and retaining rural medical workforce.
“Those registrars have committed to serving these regions and their training provides a valuable addition to the rural hospital workforce via on-call cover, inpatient and procedural work.”
He said the long term sustainability of this rural hospital workforce was also at risk if the registrar training pipeline is threatened.
“Any barrier to this will increase existing GP workload and ultimately compromise the health of country patients,” he said.

The Medical Clinic Millicent has received 4 letters referring to Registrars currently employed at the clinic, stating they will receive their credentialing and scope of practice, if the supervising doctors at the clinic sign the standard GP contract by February 26th.

Rural Doctors Association of South Australia said today, they cannot endorse the CHSA contract currently being offered to GP supervisors.



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