Kyogle on health agenda
By JANE GARDNER firstname.lastname@example.org
THE future of Kyogle's health ser- vices was the major topic of dis- cussion at the first public forum of the North Coast Area Health Advisory Council in Lismore yes- terday. Kyogle health campaigner Tom Fitzgerald put some confronting questions to the committee. "There is a serious situation in Kyogle with our GPs," he said. "Doctor Brian Perry is about to take long service leave and Doctor Presard is considering going to Brisbane in February. "It's a bad situation where we will be left with one doctor for the 5000 people in the town," he said. "It looks like the health ser- vice isn't doing anything." Chris Crawford, chief executive of the North Coast Area Health Service, said the service was looking at building a medical centre to accommodate more doctors.
Chair of the advisory committee, Dr Sue Page, confirmed that plan- ning was under way. "We've got funding sitting in the bank," she said. Dr Perry was unavailable for comment yesterday, but his secretary confirmed he would be take long service leave from October 1 to January 1. Kyogle GP Dr Michael Glover, who currently has 1400 patients on his closed books, is also nervous about the future.
He and Dr Perry have been working hard to recruit doctors from overseas, with little interest. "There are 400 people waiting to come onto my books and it's diffi- cult for everyone here," Dr Glover said.