by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline WattleRangeNow
Country Health SA (CHSA) announced today, a new full-time resident GP has been recruited to work at the Penola Medical Clinic. CHSA said Dr Wasif Baig will provide GP services at the clinic as well as emergency and inpatient services at Penola War Memorial Hospital.
Stewart Blyth, South East Acting Regional Director for CHSA, said the appointment would ensure continuity of care for residents in Penola and the surrounding area.
CHSA said today that Dr Baig is expected to begin work at the Penola Clinic in January 2014. The Rural Doctors Workforce Agency carried out the recruiting process which resulted in Dr Baig’s appointment.
CHSA said they are hopeful that a successful recruitment process for a second full-time resident GP for Penola, will be finalised very soon. Locum doctors will continue to provide cover until Dr Baig’s arrival.
Dr Baig graduated from Rawalpindi Medical College in Pakistan in 1991 and worked in hospitals in Pakistan for many years, CHSA said. Dr Baig has worked at Logan Hospital in Queensland and is currently working as a Senior Medical Officer at Beaudesert Hospital in Queensland. He gained a certificate in Emergency Medicine in 2012 in Australia.
Chairman Penola Medical Support Group, Bill Murray, told WattleRangeNow, ” the community, is very grateful to CHSA for covering our health services with locums for such a long period of time. It wasn’t the best option and didn’t provide the continuity of care that we needed but we are grateful for the work that has been done by all of the locums. We are very excited about welcoming a new doctor to Penola in January and look forward, with anticipation, to the future. We are hopeful that a second doctor will be found soon.”
The Penola Clinic and War Memorial Hospital has been covered by Locums since the resignation of Dr Francois Pretorius early this year. Dr Pretorius said that the workload expected of him by CHSA was unreasonable for a sole doctor practice, and has moved to Queensland where he is now working in private practice.