Golden Bay’s GP shortage a warning of wider rural doctor issues
A doctor shortage in Golden Bay is the “canary in a coal mine” for rural communities facing similar problems, a general practitioner leader says.
Nelson GP spokesperson Graham Loveridge said the state of healthcare in the small rural community of Golden Bay highlighted a worsening issue across the country as general practices struggled to recruit young GPs.
The shortage in small towns was quickly growing as GPs retire, a trend predicted to accelerate over the next decade.
Health authorities are scrambling to address the issues, with many fearing it may quickly turn into a health crisis leaving rural residents without equitable access to primary health care.