Roxon unveils first Medicare Locals

THE first 15 Medicare Locals have been unveiled by Health Minister Nicola Roxon, however Victoria has been left off the list as the Baillieu Government holds out on wider health reform.

The first tranche of MLs are split between the states, with four successful tenders named in NSW and five in Queensland.

Victoria’s absence has led the AGPN to call on the Victorian divisions to put pressure the Baillieu Government to sign up to the reform as soon as possible.

Four MLs have been earmarked by the Federal Government for Victoria, however the Baillieu Government requested extra time to consider the ML boundaries in its state. It is expected the four will be officially announced next week.

The situation has led AGPN CEO David Butt to issue an email to all divisions – which MO has obtained – to explain the situation, which he describes as “disruptive and farcical”.

“While this means that these four