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Tuesday, 24 June 2003
Page: 17289


Ms HALL (2:56 PM) —My question is directed to the Minister for Ageing representing the Minister for Health and Ageing. Minister, are you aware that the number of GPs on the Central Coast of New South Wales has fallen from 310 to 253 over the last four years and is expected to decline by a further 10 per cent—25 per cent—over the next 10 years? That is, 25 per cent in 10 years. Is the minister aware that over that same period of time the population of Wyong Shire will increase by 23 per cent? Given the failure of the government's outer metropolitan program to attract more doctors to the Central Coast, will the government take immediate action to overcome the shortage of doctors on the Central Coast?


Mr ANDREWS (Minister for Ageing) —I thank the member for Shortland for her question. Seeing that she cannot even get her figures right in her question, I will check out what she has said as to whether it is 20 per cent, 25 per cent or 10 per cent. I will check the details.


Ms Hall —I have a point of order, Mr Speaker. I point out to the minister that it is definitely 25 per cent—


The SPEAKER —The member for Shortland will resume her seat; she has no point of order.