Papakura GP Dr Primla Khar said Thursday’s $1.5 billion funding package for people with Covid-19 in the community should include greater support for GPs and primary care providers.
South Auckland practitioners say burnout is a growing problem for the profession as doctors struggle to cope with the increasing workloads following Covid-19 positive patients self-isolating at home.
The government announced on Thursday that it will make the commitment. about 1.5 billion dollars To increase end-to-end support for infected people in the community.
The package included nearly $1 billion for increased testing, contact tracing and case investigation, $300 million for new drugs to treat the virus, and $204 million for people who are in isolation at home or have lost their jobs after contracting Covid-19.
However, the funding did not include any additional targeted support for GPs and primary care providers.
Khar said the government’s funding package should include more support for frontline doctors and nurses.
He said he is aware of a number of GPs in South Auckland who are leaving the profession due to burnout.
“We will continue to deliver, but if we continue to lose people from the industry it can come at a huge cost.”
Health Minister Andrew Little announced a series of Changes in MIQ He said last month that the majority of people with the coronavirus will receive treatment in the community rather than placing them in managed isolation and quarantine facilities.
Dr Caroline McElnay, Director of Public Health, announced that there were 173 new cases of Covid-19 in the community.
Such patients were expected to be monitored by Healthline, with initial assessments carried out by the Auckland District Public Health Service with the assistance of primary care providers.
But just over a month later, GPs say they are monitoring an increasing number of Covid-19 patients self-isolating at home.