Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said today that by taking out full-page newspaper advertisements in regional newspapers, Sydney University was making a desperate attempt to influence the medical training reviewers who were in Orange on Tuesday for consultations.
“I met with the reviewers from Ernst & Young in Orange on Tuesday. Sydney University obviously knew they were coming to town and ran their ads in a sad and sorry attempt to influence those discussions and protect their vested interests,” Mr Gee said.
“It was an act of desperation. People in the country aren’t silly. Many regional towns are struggling just to attract a GP let alone get an appointment with one. They know the system is broken and all the spin in the world can’t change the reality that the training system we have in place at the moment is has now cost billions of dollars but is failing country communities.
“Nobody has been able to lay a glove on Charles Sturt University’s report on medical training capacity and I believe that the pressure is starting to show. I think the country crew has got them more than a little rattled.
“My advice to Sydney Uni and the other urban unis would be to spend a little less time on the spin and put a little more time into fixing a broken training system that serves as a pipeline for delivering doctors to the city and foreign countries, but gives country people a raw deal.”