Public at risk after incentives dumped

The government expects to save $83.5 million over four years by dumping the scheme and increasing targets for the cervical screening PIP from 65% to 70%, and for the diabetes PIP from 40% to 50%.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said the decision to scrap the immunisation program was a public health risk of the highest order and could “undo a lot of hard work by parents, GPs and other health professionals who promote the importance of immunisation”.

AGPN chair Dr Emil Djakic said it was “very risky” for the government to drop the program and effectively rely on the Family Tax Benefit