Cuts to GP care are an insult: AMA

The Federal Government has been accused of “insulting GPs” and driving down the profession’s morale through a string of controversial funding cuts. 

In the attack broadcast Wednesday on TV, AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said the promises of health reforms made by the previous Rudd government had not been kept. 

“Instead of building and supporting general practice, there are cuts after cuts. Instead of consulting GPs, there has been too much insulting GPs. No wonder morale is down in the GP workforce,” he told the National Press Club

He added: “The most cost effective health reforms are investments in general practice and reducing red tape, not taking savings from general practice or increasing complexity.

“Let’s look at the list [of government cuts announced in