Our Primary Health Network is in crisis. Too many people are being forced to wait weeks to see a GP – if they can see a GP at all. And the problem is only getting worse.
COVID-19 has highlighted the holes and gaps in our health care system, and none are more obvious than the shortage of GPs and other health services across the Hunter region.
But this issue isn’t new, the people of the Hunter have been battling a critical lack of GPs for far too long.
Labor has successfully fought to establish a Senate Inquiry into this most important issue.
This inquiry will investigate why our region is particularly affected by a lack of GPs and should come up with practical solutions to fix it.
I strongly encourage you to make a submission to the inquiry if you have experienced:
- Long delays in getting an appointment to see a doctor or specialist
- Difficulty accessing Nurse Practitioners
- Long travel distances to see GPs or specialists
- Rising costs of seeing a GP or specialist