Why GPs' voices are often ignored in the corridors of power


It has long been asked by GPs why their specialty is the target of choice when the government’s household budgeting goes awry and some belt tightening is required. Is it simply that its political voice is ignored in the corridors of Canberra, that it carries no threat or menace?

Last week, Terry Barnes, the former adviser to Tony Abbott and the inspiration for the toxic co-payment plan, was offering hiw own advice in the arts of political lobbying. On access to decision makers, his general suggestion was that if you don’t pay