IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? The South Burnett has a doctor shortage that means many people are kept waiting.
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE? The South Burnett has a doctor shortage that means many people are kept waiting. Kevin Farmer

Residents waiting too long to see a doctor

SOUTH Burnett residents are waiting too long to see a doctor.

That's according to Nanango MP and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, who said more needs to be done to attract doctors to our towns.

"There is a major issue. We need to make sure people can get into a doctor,” Mrs Frecklington said.

"We're always trying to encourage people to come and work in the South Burnett.”

Mrs Frecklington's comments came after residents contacted her about their difficulties seeing a doctor in the region.

A number of residents have also taken to social media to express their frustrations about the issue.

Mrs Frecklington acknowledged the frustration many residents felt when trying to book appointments at South Burnett medical centres.

"We need to make sure there's an acknowledgement that people aren't getting care,” she said.

"We need to make sure people get care in our community.”

According to the federal Department of Health, Kingaroy is classified under the District Workforce Shortage.

This means Kingaroy and surrounds can attract doctors subject to location restrictions, such as overseas trained doctors or participants in the bonded medical schemes, who are subject to restrictions in where they are able to bill services attracting a Medicare rebate.

According to a Department of Health spokesperson, the issue of doctor shortages was always on the agenda.

"The Coalition Government recognises the shortage of doctors in rural locations is an important issue and one of the many challenges facing the health system,” the spokesperson said.

"As such, the Government is working to improve the capacity, quality, distribution and mix of the health and aged care workforce to meet the needs of the Australian health system.”

The Queensland Department of Health has been contacted for comment. More information to come.