QUEENSLAND communities need to be protected from the disruption to their medical services, which will occur if the state’s planned introduction of contracts for doctors goes ahead.
The contract would allow doctors to be transferred to another town at short notice, upsetting the mutual respect which develops between doctor and patient as a result of each being an integral part of the community.
Where a community qualifies for a second doctor, this situation is expanded by having an equally familiar face if a person’s regular treating doctor is away on recreational, study or other leave.
Surely every Queensland community deserves nothing less than effective and consistent continuity of treatment from qualified people they know and trust. Barb Nelson, Biggenden