Government calls time on ML bidding

THE Medicare Locals tender process is causing more anguish, with one division claiming it was never made aware that the cut-off date for the latest tranche would be the last ever.

A consortium led by Bankstown GP Division in Sydney's southwest was in mediation with a neighbouring consortium, the Southern Highlands and Macarthur divisions. The mediation was at the request of the Department of Health and Ageing, following a bitter split between the two groups during the first round of ML bidding.

Bankstown chair Dr Susan Harnett said the two groups began  mediation after the first deadline in April, only to