Dr Davis leaves be­hind ready mod­ern prac­tice

Central and North Burnett Times - - WELCOME -

CEN­TRAL and North Bur­nett Times jour­nal­ist Erica Murree sat down with Biggen­den Med­i­cal Cen­tre’s Dr John Davis be­fore he headed to War­wick.

Dr Davis has spent the past three years at Biggen­den and with Dr Vishnu was one of the first doc­tors in the new multi-pur­pose health com­plex.

Q: What are the big­gest changes you have seen for the bet­ter­ment of medicine in Biggen­den?

A: The im­proved ac­cess to train­ing for ru­ral doc­tors to be­come spe­cial­ist GPs. This is a vast im­prove­ment com­pared with my ex­pe­ri­ences 12 years ago.

Q: What is a dis­ad­van­tage of work­ing in a ru­ral prac­tice?

A: By bulk billing my wages from the med­i­cal cen­tre is half of a gen­eral prac­ti­tioner. A ju­nior re­liever makes more than I do.

Q: What legacy are you leav­ing Biggen­den?

A: A mod­ern prac­tice ready for a walk-in, walk-out job. It is all set up

for who­ever comes.

Q: Where will you be in five years?

A: De­pends on work and fam­ily.

Q: Best mem­o­ries of Biggen­den.

A: Good crew to work with.

Q: Why was it great to work at the Biggen­den Med­i­cal Cen­tre?

A: Prob­a­bly the va­ri­ety of work.

Q: Big­gest dis­ap­point­ment?

A: Too many bu­reau­crats get­ting be­tween pa­tients and im­por­tant fund­ing. There are too many fin­gers in the pie. As well as the cut­backs to men­tal health fund­ing in the dis­trict.

Q: Where to from Biggen­den?

A: Go­ing to War­wick to work in a pri­vate prac­tice.

Q: What is a good thing about your new po­si­tion?

A: Won’t be on call at the hos­pi­tal.

Q: What are you look­ing for­ward to at War­wick?

A: Will be able to use my spe­cial­ist skills in anaes­thet­ics, which I haven’t in Biggen­den.

TOWAR­WICK: Dr John Davis, of Biggen­den Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

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