ANMF asks Minister to listen to nurses and midwives

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), is demanding to know why it is being shut out of the Abbott Government’s so-called “consultation” with health groups over its proposed GP tax. Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said the ANMF is concerned Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley is reportedly examining multi-tiered co-payments […]

ANMF welcomes backdown on Medicare cuts – ANMF

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed a decision by the Abbott Government to scrap changes to Medicare rebates which were due to begin next week. The ANMF’s Acting Federal Secretary, Annie Butler, said she was pleased the new Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, had “clearly listened to […]

Call for Senate to stop backdoor changes to Medicare – ACTU

Australian Unions call on the Senate to overturn the Abbott Government’s backdoor changes to Medicare rebates that will wipe out bulk billing and signal an end to universal healthcare in Australia. ACTU President Ged Kearney said unions have today written to the Greens, Labor and crossbench Senators asking them to disallow the regulation Tony Abbott […]

Opposition to block Medicare rebate cuts – ANMF

The country’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF), has welcomed news that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will block the Abbott Government’s dramatic cuts to Medicare rebates. The ANMF’s Acting Federal Secretary, Annie Butler said the proposed $20 reduction in subsidies paid to doctors for patient consultations under 10 minutes, will result […]

Labor urged to protect Medicare bulk-billing and oppose any rebate cuts

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA), Save Medicare Sydney and the Doctors Reform Society have called on the Australian Labor Party to immediately commit to overturning the Abbott Government’s ‘Plan B’ Medicare co-payment plans. Next Monday (19 January), the Abbott Government’s changes to standard GP consultation rebates will come into effect, after they were […]

State governments warn Abbott about GP fee

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has expressed its concerns about recent analysis from State Governments showing the impact that will be felt in their  public hospital emergency departments (EDs) if co-payments for basic medical services are introduced. Potentially, an additional 500,000 for NSW and 290,000 for South Australia ED presentations alone, according to […]

AMA and Hockey play ‘wedge politics’ with co-payment plans

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) together with the Doctors Reform Society (DRS) have called on the Abbott Government to abandon its $7 GP co-payment plan and reject the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) alternative co-payment proposal. Both the NSWNMA and the DRS publicly criticised the AMA for its attempt to play politics with the […]

ANMF federal council rejects AMA’s GP fee

The Federal Council of Australia’s largest health union, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) this afternoon expressed its “strong disappointment at the announcement by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) to support a GP co-payment”. Meeting in Hobart, Members of the Federal Council issued the following statement: “While the AMA proposal seeks to soften the […]

ANMF rejects AMA’s alternative copayments plan

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) today expressed its dismay and disappointment at the Australian Medical Association’s proposal for an alternate GP co-payment model and continues to oppose all proposals for GP and other co-payments. Under the AMA plan for an alternate model released today, people would still pay $6.15 to see a doctor […]

Abbott must ‘come clean’ on GP fee plan

As the Abbott Government attempts to broker a secret deal with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) on the proposed GP co-payment, all other health organisations are watching in disbelief, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) said today. ANMF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, said it is deeply disturbing that nurses and midwives, along with other […]

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