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Phillips: We urgently need more GPs – please, share your story.

The Federal Member for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips is seeking the support of the community to come forward with their stories "The pandemic has shown how important it is to have access to quality health care no matter where you live. The Gilmore electorate has been battling a critical lack of GPs for far too long, resulting in the closure of some practices, a blowout in waiting times to see a GP and many practices closing their books to new patients. "This shortage of general practitioners, has become the subject of a Senate Inquiry. The Morrison Government was not interested in voting for this inquiry. However, I am pleased to say that Labor, along with several crossbench Senators, have successfully established this inquiry. "We need practical, positive solutions to make sure Australians have access to quality health care regardless of where they live. Under the Morrison Liberal Government’s current system, most of the NSW South Coast is classified as a “non-Distribution Priority Area” (DPA), which is why it’s difficult for local practices to access GPs. "The Senate Inquiry will specifically examine reforms made to the DPA classification system and GP training. "More than ever we need to support our GP’s and health workers. By working together, we have secured an Inquiry into GP shortages and I’m making a submission on behalf of the community.

"At a time when our community is suffering the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to have access to GPs - which is why this inquiry is so important.

I am making a submission to the inquiry on our community's behalf. "You can help by sharing your story about how GP shortages have impacted you and your family by completing my survey below. LINK: https://www.fionaphillips.com.au/campaigns-petitions/campaigns-petitions/we-need-more-gps

Or, to make your own submission: https://bit.ly/LaborSenateInquiry "So, please tell me your story and your voice will be heard."

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