More divisions split over Medicare Locals

BIDDING for Medicare Locals (MLs) has led to another bitter rift between GP divisions, with accusations that some are spreading false information now tainting the contest to become the hub for Sydney’s south-west.

With the deadline for the initial round of ML submissions next week, an AGPN-appointed mediator has been called in to instigate talks between Bankstown-based South West Sydney Health Coalition (SWSHC) and rival joint bidders the Macarthur Division of General Practice and the Southern Highlands Division of General Practice.

The talks came after Bankstown GP Division CEO Andrey Zheluk, whose division is spearheading the SWSHC bid, accused his rivals of claiming to be the “official bid” for the area’s ML. 

He said in a statement that his rivals “do not enjoy any exclusive right” and the claims “adversely reflect… on the future formation of a Medicare Local”.

Mr Zheluk told