Bendigo aged care residents facing GP shortage

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The challenges of meeting aged care standards, particularly in regional areas.

Families in the Victorian city have taken their concerns about a lack of GP’s in the area to the local paper, complaining their elderly family members have not seen a doctor in weeks.

Bendigo Health, which runs five aged care facilities in the region, said there was a limited number of GPs who were available to residents, and they are working with families.

“In residential care, it is a requirement for residents to be able to have a choice of GP,” their spokesperson said.

“Bendigo Health does try to assist residents and families to find GPs although we face the same challenges they do.”