Modest progress has been made in recruiting doctors to cope with an impending GP shortage as Christmas approaches.
Rural Health West, a not-for-profit agency recruiting GPs for Kalgoorlie-Boulder, has confirmed activity is taking place to fill 11 vacancies to deal with the impending doctor shortage.
A spokeswoman for RHW told the Kalgoorlie Miner 17 vacancies exist in medical practices in the city, with only 25 doctors expected to be practising by the end of the year and no progress made in recruiting 11.
Since then two practices are using private recruitment agencies to fill three GP vacancies and RHW is case managing eight GPs for vacancies across three practices, one of which has arrived in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and is expected to begin within the next two weeks, according to Rural Health West chief executive Belinda Bailey.
“In addition we are in discussion with one practice about taking on a Canadian doctor for a six-month locum assignment commencing about May,” she said.“We have also convened two meetings with GPs, key community leaders, stakeholders and politicians.”
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