Medicare Local future shaky as partners have falling out

THE future of one of the first Medicare Locals is in doubt after a merger between two NSW divisions stalled amid accusations of “inadequate disclosure of information” and “failure of process”.

The Murrumbidgee General Practice Network (MGPN) would not specify its concern with its ML merger partner, the Riverina Division of General Practice, but MGPN CEO Keith McDonald told MO negotiations went “pear-shaped” in recent weeks as the Federal Health Department asked them to sign merger contracts. 

“It occurred within the last month to do with things of significance to do with the merger,” he said. 

MGPN complained to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the department, which has asked the AGPN to appoint an arbitrator to interview both parties in coming weeks. 

Riverina chair Dr Tony Hobbs, a high-profile ML proponent, said there were “some challenges