First Medicare Locals urged to retain GPs’ central role

THE AMA has written to the first 15 Medicare Locals urging them to keep doctors central to governance, rule out holding funds and commit to working closely with GPs at every stage of setting up the new primary health hubs.

The AMA has strongly opposed the $416 million Medicare Locals program, arguing the Federal Government has failed to explain how it will improve GP services and is rushing through the reform with just weeks before the supposed 1 July start date.

Four of the first 19 Medicare Locals – all in Victoria &ndash