GPs reveal big issues for 2012

The survey asked 150 GPs to nominate the big political and clinical issues to impact on general practice next year, and 44% said Better Access and mental health would be the biggest political story of 2012.

The rollout of Medicare Locals was the next most commonly cited issue (34%), while electronic records, super clinics and the lack of rebate increases were also cited as issues of concern.

The clinical issues shaping up as attention-getters next year include the PBS listing of dabigatran (34%), PSA screening (20%), vitamin D deficiency (19%) and obesity.

RACGP president Professor Claire Jackson said she was encouraged to see GPs had not given up the fight over Better Access.

“GPs won’t want us to go hide under a bed on this and let it all go through without taking a stand,” she said.

“One of the first issues we want to raise with the new minister is Better Access, so it’s good to see GPs