Lack of air service hits; pressure on medical specialists
SHARP Airlines withdrawing from the south-west is hurting Portland District Health already, with visiting health professionals enduring multi-mode transport solutions to provide medical services to the community.
PDH chief executive officer Chris Giles said the organisation is scrambling to find an effective answer to transporting more than 20 specialists every week.
“We’re using trains, cars and even organising flights to Mount Gambier to get our doctors to Portland,” Ms Giles said.
“We haven’t lost any doctors, but we can’t expect them to drive to and from Melbourne every week.
“We’re in the process of exploring our options; we’re even in discussion with some charter operators, but it’s not going well.
“Nothing is an easy solution at the moment.”
Earlier this year Sharp Airlines announced it would stop servicing the south-west, ceasing operations at the end of the financial year.