Grafton welcomes new GP

A NEW GP starting at the Jacaranda Medical Centre in Grafton yesterday should help alleviate the area's doctor shortage.

Kanwal Bhinder is an Indian-born doctor from Sydney. He studied medicine and worked as a doctor in India before moving to Sydney in 2004 and has since completed two masters degrees in medicine at the University of New South Wales.

Practice manager Trish Kelly said she was happy to have found such a competent doctor after nine months of recruitment.

“We get CVs every day but it's about keeping people in the area,” she said.

“What clinched it was that he actually said he would love to stay in Grafton and absolutely loves the area.”

Dr Bhinder visited Grafton last year to see what it was like and had an instant connection with the place.

“I really enjoyed this place compared to other areas,” he said.

“I am very excited to be working in Grafton and I'm planning to stay for at least a few years.”

Dr Bhinder said he decided to move to Australia after hearing how wonderful it was from his Sydney-based brother.

He came for a visit and found himself attracted to the Australian way of life.

A keen sports fan, Dr Bhinder said he hoped to join a soccer team in Grafton.

Ms Kelly said Dr Bhinder would take some of the pressure off the other doctor at the practice, who had worked long hours to keep up with demand.

The clinic's books had been closed for two years so a new GP was an exciting event, she said. Two more staff had been hired to cope with the extra patients.

Dr Bhinder is accepting new patients as well as patients from other clinics.

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