GPs optimistic about realistic plan for 麻豆视频入口鈥檚 health future

21 April 2021

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麻豆视频入口 today commended the efficiencies, access to healthcare for all, and prominence and importance of equity that was outlined in today鈥檚 Health and Disability System Review announcement.

Dr Samantha Murton, President of the College said, 鈥渢he majority of 麻豆视频入口ers get their healthcare in the community and hearing the Minister outline the importance of that, and planning for access is vital.鈥

The role of the College is to advocate for equity, access, and sustainable healthcare and we believe fundamentally that regardless of who or where they are, every 麻豆视频入口er should have access to their own GP.

鈥淗earing about technological advancements and providing people access to community health care regardless of where they live in 麻豆视频入口 is something we鈥檝e strived for, particularly through our rural hospital networks, and something we achieved during COVID-19; we look forward to building on that now, says Dr Murton.

鈥淕eneral practice showed itself during 2020鈥檚 COVID-19 response to be a nimble, responsive workforce when we switched 1000 practices to a remote consultation model in two days.

Dr Samantha Murton

鈥淲e鈥檝e done it before and we鈥檙e ready to forge ahead, adapt, and bring even better access to health care in a faster, more efficient model that is supported by Government,鈥 she says.聽

Dr Bryan Betty, medical director of the College is also a working GP in Cannons Creek, Porirua and was hopeful that the new M膩ori Health Authority will truly bring more equitable, accessible healthcare for M膩ori.

鈥淚 see every day, through my patients, what health inequity means to our communities and it鈥檚 unfair and devastating, says Dr Betty.

鈥淗ealth inequities run across services, across levels of care, and across the lives of indigenous people. Transformational change to how we鈥檙e delivering care to M膩ori, driven from the top, is set to make a true and measurable difference and I feel very positive about that,鈥 he says.

Dr Bryan Betty

One component missing from today鈥檚 review was any detail about the funding of general practice, which the College has been voicing serious concern about. 麻豆视频入口 has a major shortage of GPs and the College鈥檚 recently Workforce Survey showed that GPs are burnt out and working in inefficient systems.聽

Dr Murton said, 鈥淲e are expecting to continue to work closely with Government to draw out the detail of this announcement to ensure strong general practice is properly funded for the essential work we do, to ensure our doctors can be healthy in their own work too.聽