Medicare Locals bound by red tape

The survey of all 61 MLs, conducted by the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, also found staff had to prepare almost 2000 separate reports – almost one per week for each ML – to explain their progress to the department.

The workload saw ML staff dedicating over three months of the year solely to meeting reporting requirements for the department.

The AML Alliance seized on the figures as evidence that the contracts swamping MLs – in some cases up to 35 separate funding streams for a single ML – must be cut back. But the

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