Certainty needed around primary health care

WITH no future plan for transition and uncertainty around mental health and indigenous health funding after June 30, CQ Medicare Local wants a quick announcement on the future of primary health care to avoid a total breakdown of services.

CQ Medicare Local will stop accepting referrals from next Wednesday and the board is calling on Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley to announce who will take on the new Primary Health Network on July 1, replacing Medicare Local.

Chairman of the board Bruce Elliot said not knowing the future was taking its toll, especially in rural and regional areas.

"We are losing a lot of our clinicians due to the unstable circumstances, which means a loss of services," Mr Elliot said.

CEO Jean Mc Ruvie said she was exhausted by the delay in information.

"If the government is serious about no loss of services, they need to make the PHN announcement immediately so we can start working with the successful party to transition as smoothly as possible," she said.



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