Mitchell welcomes Labor inquiry into GP shortages

The acute GP shortage across Lyons will now be subject to a Senate Inquiry.

Labor called for the inquiry in a bid to investigate the critical lack of doctors across outer metropolitan, rural and regional Australia.

Federal Member for Lyons Brian Mitchell MP welcomed the inquiry as “great news for the people of Lyons”.

“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,” he said.

“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 Lyons.

“But this issue isn’t new, people living in Lyons have been battling a critical lack of GPs for far too long.

“This inquiry will investigate why regions are particularly affected by a lack of GPs and put recommendations to the Government.

“The only reason this Labor inquiry is necessary is because the Liberal Government has dropped the ball for eight long years.”

The Senate Inquiry will examine the Government’s current classification system, the stronger Rural Health Strategy, GP training reforms, and the effects of the Medicare rebate freeze.

The Inquiry will also assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on doctor shortages in outer metropolitan, rural, and regional Australia.

“Thank you to the GPs who have been working tirelessly to support our communities and who also took time to meet with me and outline the issues affecting their practices and raise their concerns,” Mr Mitchell said.

You can make a submission to the inquiry here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/OnlineSubmission