by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
Country Health SA will be inviting expressions of interest from interested parties to run Penola Clinic as a result of current doctors, Dr Naif Saigol and Dr Wasif Baig moving into other areas of medicine at the end of the year.
Dr Saigol will be entering into a GP specialist training program and will need to work as a Registrar in a number of medical practices in the southern and south eastern areas of South Australia.
He said today it is unfortunate that Penola Medical Clinic will not be able to host a GP Registrar like him due to the requirements of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
Dr Saigol said he has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Penola and it has been an honour to serve such a supportive community.
He said it was a difficult decision to make and hopes that he may return to the region for good,fter completing his training.
He also said that he had received commendable support from Country Health SA.
He wished the patients who he said he will miss dearly, all the best for the future.
Dr Wasif Baig said he has made the decision to leave the practice for family reasons and like Dr Saigol, said working at the Penola and Nangwarry Clinics has been an honour.
Country Health SA South East Regional Director Jayne Downs said if the EOI is successful, the clinic will become privately run and will be contracted with GP services provided under contract to the hospital for inpatient and emergency services.
“The majority of GP practices in South Australia are privately run and hold a contract to provide services to hospitals for inpatient and emergency services. This is the case in all towns in the South East apart from Penola and Mt Gambier.”
“Private interest has already been shown in the running of the clinic,” said Ms Downs.
“Any gap in GP coverage will be be supported by highly qualified locum GP’s.”
“We are committed to ensuring GP services remain at Penola and Nangwarry and will keep the community up to date about the developments while new arrangements are put in place.,” said Ms Downs.
Dr Saigol and Dr Baig will leave Penola Medical Clinic at the end of January 2015