Last GP clinic closing its doors in Nhulunbuy

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From ABC News Online

The outback town of in , which had a population plummet after the closure of an , is set to have its only GP clinic close.

Endeavour Services last week announced it will shut in January, citing a drop in patients, an inability to secure a lease, and the removal of a subsidy for doctors and a freeze on Medicare rebates.

The health service has operated in Nhulunbuy since the 1960s and historically has been subsidised by company Rio Tinto and the Government.

But an alumina refinery that employed about 1,100 of the town’s 4,000 residents was mothballed in May 2014, and Nhulunbuy’s population plummeted.

Since the refinery closed its doors, Rio Tinto is understood to have ended its housing support for doctors who worked at the clinic.

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