Medicare Locals will fail without GP leadership, AMA warns

THE AMA has used the launch of its annual Family Doctor Week to reaffirm its opposition to Medicare Locals, warning the new healthcare hubs will fail if they don’t recognise the importance of GPs on their leadership structures.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said Medicare Locals (MLs) would only deliver effective local healthcare if they were “implemented correctly with the right intentions, [which] means acknowledging the key role of family doctors”.

His warning came almost three weeks after the 1 July official start date for the first 19 of what are expected to be 62 MLs around the country.

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