Shortage worsens as M'borough doctor closes doors

Dr Mark Lawry of Bazaar St Medical Centre is closing his practice after two years.
Dr Mark Lawry of Bazaar St Medical Centre is closing his practice after two years. Robyne Cuerel

A MARYBOROUGH doctor will see his last patients today after making the tough call to close his doors because he has been unable to attract medical staff to the city.

Dr Mark Lawry of Bazaar St Medical Centre set up his practice two years ago with the intention of expanding, however efforts to attract colleagues to Maryborough have been unsuccessful.

Unable to find suitable staff, Dr Lawry said he could no longer work the extensive hours required to tend to a full list of patients.

"The community has been amazing but the big problem I've had was that I wanted to expand this practice.

"Working as a solo practitioner in this day and age doesn't work very well, as I can't take a week off because there is no one to cover the patients.

"I have effectively been on-call 24 hours a day since I started.

"If I was able to get other doctors, even one other doctor, I probably wouldn't go.

"Most medical students live in capital cities, they do their courses there and they want to stay in the cities and Maryborough just isn't on the radar."

Patient Sue Parker says more should be done to attract and keep doctors to Maryborough.

"Both my husband and I are patients of his and we don't know what to do now, we're without a doctor.

"When I first moved up here three years ago it took us a long time just to find a GP that we could get into.

"It's a real shame for the town as Dr Lawry treats you like a person, not a number."

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