Why some after-hours deputisers are happy with the crackdown

The after-hours lobby says GP deputising services will be decimated and lives put at risk, if the government follows through with a proposed ban on their doctors claiming urgent after-hours items.

The MBS Review Taskforce called on Wednesday for doctors employed by out-of-hours operators to be barred from claiming lucrative “urgent” items.

In a report savaging the rapid growth of the after-hours sector, the taskforce argued that items 597-600 should be available in instances where GPs who ordinarily work in-hours provide genuinely urgent