GP service future uncertain

THE future of the Tasman Medical Practice is again up in the air after takeover plans have fallen through.

The GP service operated by Huon Regional Care was to have been taken over next month by the Sorell Family Practice, but due to unforeseen circumstances this will no longer happen.

Tragically, a director of the Sorell Family Practice passed away.

The Nubeena multi-purpose service will continue to be operated by Huon Regional Care (HRC).

HRC Chief Operating Officer Brenton West said it was very unfortunate to have been so close to having a new operator for the Tasman Medical Practice.

“We are working closely with the Tasmanian Health Service, Primary Health Tasmania, HR Plus and the Tasman Council to secure a long term operator for Nubeena,’’ Mr West said.

“In the meantime we are still taking appointments and Dr Craig Brown and Dr Amanda Felmingham are working in the clinic for the foreseeable future.

“We sincerely thank all the staff and board members of the Sorell Family Practice for their efforts and our thoughts and best wishes are with them.’’

Mayor Kelley Spaulding said the community had been devastated by the news.

“A lot of work has gone into this and this is just so sad,’’ Mr Spaulding said.

“At this stage we are reassured that talks are still happening.

“I totally support the Sorell Practice 100 % and wish them the very best.

“The State Government has also been very good in working with various parties and I’m grateful to them too.’’

With the issue of securing GPs in regional areas a national problem, it is not known how long it may take to identify another provider and facilitate a takeover.

The decision comes as a blow to the local Tasman community which had been excited by the planned takeover.

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