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The strange death of the Kippax health centre

By johnboy - 18 March 2009 31

The ABC has a story on the peculiar and sudden demise of the Primary Healthcare owned health centre in Holt (Kippax).

The company brought the axe down on the centre with 90 minutes notice leaving patients badly in the lurch. Apparently it came to be after the resignation of a doctor, something most places would get around with by hiring in a locum.

Katy Gallagher rightly says it’s none of the Government’s business telling private operators how to run their business.

But with the health care system reliant in theory on distributed care via GP clinics is it time for the Government to offer facilities for the needed GPs to operate from, much as they do the hospitals?

What’s Your opinion?


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31 Responses to
The strange death of the Kippax health centre
Ian 11:21 am 19 Mar 09

Vegemite – where did you see/hear about BFP closing down? I go there and haven’t seen or heard anything about it … just curious where you got the info from?

Pommy bastard 10:50 am 19 Mar 09

I used to use the Kappax practice on the odd occasion. They had a fine young GP there by the name of Dr David Forster (not of Gloucester). When he moved on, so did I. Unfortunately he didn’t stay in general practice.

Vegemite 10:36 am 19 Mar 09

The Belconnen Family Practice (in Totterdell Street) is closing Friday next week after the tragic death of one of the owner doctors. I heard they had clsoe to 10,000 people on their books. Patients files are being sent to a new practice opening in Chandler Street where apparently there will be 9 doctors.

p1 10:21 am 19 Mar 09

It used to be that they did, then Kate Carnell closed them down. And bulldozed the premises so they could’nt be reopened.

Some how I can picture her driving a bulldozer.

housebound 9:28 am 19 Mar 09

Where was that?

mirage3 9:19 am 19 Mar 09

It used to be that they did, then Kate Carnell closed them down. And bulldozed the premises so they could’nt be reopened.

housebound 9:17 am 19 Mar 09

swamiOFswank said :

#4: I knew when they sold out to Mayne Health then Symbion that they’d end up unhappy, quitting and eventually the practice would close down. I wonder where my medical records will go. Actually, I wonder how I’ll find out where my GP went. Anyone know which doctor quit?

Think of it like this – if Primary Health Care reallly do run another clinic not too far away, why not send a doctor or two across to cover and keep the Kippax clinic open?

gun street girl 8:01 am 19 Mar 09

Canberra Times has picked up the story today. Priceless comment from Katy, telling the Opposition to “get over it” when the question arose as to whether somebody can effectively run Treasury AND the Health portfolio. Evidently, Katy can. 😉

WRT the original post: what’s to say that the Government would run GP clinics better than the private investors?

swamiOFswank 9:54 pm 18 Mar 09

What a nice welcome back to work for Dr Cookman then.

sepi 9:38 pm 18 Mar 09

I can honestly imagine that one day there will be no actual GPs left in Canberra – like in about 5 years maybe….

Gobbo 9:37 pm 18 Mar 09

swamiOFswank said :

Anyone know which doctor quit?

It wasn’t Dr Cookman. He just came back from two weeks leave.

swamiOFswank 9:00 pm 18 Mar 09

I knew when they sold out to Mayne Health then Symbion that they’d end up unhappy, quitting and eventually the practice would close down. I wonder where my medical records will go. Actually, I wonder how I’ll find out where my GP went. Anyone know which doctor quit?

johnboy 8:07 pm 18 Mar 09

Fixed, thanks.

Feebles 7:59 pm 18 Mar 09
Feebles 7:57 pm 18 Mar 09

That is an interesting link, but nothing to do with Kippax healthcare?

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