I gave it all to health care
RETIRED Rockhampton doctor Laurie Georgeson has given his working life to caring for others.
But that may not be enough under a new 10-point plan released by Premier Peter Beattie at the weekend.
The plan unveils how Queensland Health will attempt to fix the system which has been plagued by a shortage of doctors.
Some of the solutions include trying to lure female doctors who have quit to have children back to work and also looking to resigned or retired doctors to fill part-time shifts.
Dr Georgeson said after working until he was 70, he believes he's given all he can to the health system.
"I have 70 years, including five in the public hospital system.
"I don't think anyone can point the bone at me to say I've got a community responsibility to go back to work.''
Dr Georgeson said while there may be a few retired doctors around who would return to work, he wasn't holding his breath.
"It should never have got to this stage.''
Dr Georgeson said many retired doctors, himself included, would be out of the loop.
After being retired for nine years, Dr Georgeson said the whole system had changed and he estimated he would need about six months in a hospital situation to get up to speed with the changes.
"I think it demonstrates the problems in the Health Department are far deeper than we realised.
"They've been importing doctors from overseas for about 10 years. Surely they (the Health Department) should have realised there was a problem.''
Dr Georgeson said he blamed the current doctor shortage on the "health bureaucracy'' not Premier Beattie.
"He (Beattie) has got a big job ahead of him.
"It's about time a few heads rolled and they started to take notice of the AMA (Australian Medical Association).