Govt keeps GP after-hours helpline

THE federal government has backed away from a decision to axe its After Hours GP Helpline to cater for Australians who can’t see a GP outside regular hours. 

Medical Observer has confirmed the much-criticised phone service will be revamped to play a safety-net role in the overhaul of after-hours primary care.

Health Minister Sussan Ley told MO the government remains committed to providing doctors with incentives to see patients face to face after hours, not just over the phone.

“This is simply an added safety support