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Golden Bay’s GP shortage a warning of wider rural doctor issues

10 October 2018 Nina Hindmarsh - Stuff

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.

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