YARRAM'S current health care crisis has turned the spotlight on Victoria's chronic regional and rural GP shortage and the need for bipartisan government support.
Yarram District Health Service has been left without a full time GP service because both doctors are away on leave, with one scheduled to return in early September and the other on unplanned leave until Monday, August 26.
A registrar on a GP training program has also recently resigned.
While a locum was recently secured for four days until August 16, the service is still seeking ongoing replacements, and patients are having to travel up to an hour out of town or face long waiting lists to get into other services.
For more read Friday's Gippsland Times.