Demand for shift in funds
THE Australian Medical Association (AMA) Queensland is calling for the $22 million pledged to build GP Super Clinics on the Sunshine and Gold coasts to instead be used for health services affected by the recent devastating floods and cyclone.
Queensland president Dr Gino Pecoraro said the two coastal regions were not areas of need and the millions committed by the Department of Health and Ageing for the GP Super Clinics in these areas was desperately needed elsewhere.
“By the Federal Government’s own measure, these areas are not considered Districts of Workforce Shortage where general practitioners are in short supply,” Dr Pecoraro said.
“The $22 million could be much better used to rebuild health services for flood and cyclone affected communities across Queensland.“Regions such as Tully, Ipswich and Toowoomba are in desperate need of repairs to their health facilities and this money could provide vital support.”
AMA Queensland represents 5500 doctors.