Dissent in minister’s backyard over co-pay changes

Dr Ramu Nachiappan, a long-serving GP in Broken Hill, in the far west of the electorate, says the surprise short-consult cut announced in December is unfair on GPs and with the added July cut of $5 could even bring the demise of family medicine in the bush.

“My colleagues are concerned with the speed the government has moved, particularly with the changes to the level A ‘sausage medicine’ item number,” Dr Nachiappan said.

“We have put up ‘targeting general practice’ posters by the RACGP and have set up petitions for our patients to sign. Due to our isolation it is not