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Libs promise more doctors

By johnboy - 20 August 2008 106

[First filed: August 19, 2008 @ 10:02]

In a familiar story to us the Liberals appear to have a new health policy somewhere, but not on their website.

The ABC reports that Zed is pledging three more after-hour medical clinics and more incentives for GPs to live in Canberra.

    The Opposition also plans to offer interstate doctors grants of $75,000 to relocate to Canberra.

    Canberra-based doctors will also be offered financial incentives to set up their own practices.

UPDATED: 4pm and still no actual policy….

ANOTHER UPDATE: Days late Zed has finally published a media release but still no sign of a policy.

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan is asking if this represents a change of policy from previous Liberal Governments shutting down Community Health Centres.

The Chief Minister is having a grump and saying he too has a wishlist of lovely things he’d fund if he had an endless supply of imaginary money.

CELEBRATORY UPDATE: Kalloo Kallay! The policy has finally been released.

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106 Responses to
Libs promise more doctors
Thumper 1:07 pm 19 Aug 08

Well if they’re just poaching them from other parts of the country, that’s just going to lead to a bidding war with the other states. And that’s leaving aside the questionable ethics of the idea

That would be like, well, any job really.

So an irrelevant point I’m afraid.

Although I do agree with your second point, a return of service obligation like they have in the ADF.

ant 1:02 pm 19 Aug 08

There’s already a “bidding war” across Australia, each health service and state is in competition with each other. There’s already a lot of visa-doctors coming over, which means we’re poaching them from other countries.

Indentured doctors would be a good move, especially if extra training places for doctors were created out of it. but the gap between implementation and result would be some years.

In the short-term, in order to deliver on this promise, they’d be better off getting more cohesive in attracting overseas people here, supporting them through the process and offering support with housing, schooling etc. That would probably deliver the result they’re after.

caf 12:57 pm 19 Aug 08

Well if they’re just poaching them from other parts of the country, that’s just going to lead to a bidding war with the other states. And that’s leaving aside the questionable ethics of the idea.

What we need is a scheme similar to the one that landed Joel Fleischmann in Cicily, Alaska – where we assist student medics with the cost of study and they agree to work here for a period in return. Capital Exposure.

Thumper 12:26 pm 19 Aug 08

Ant,

I believe that they announced a $75K incentive scheme to lure doctors here.

‘To lure them’ hehehe, sounds like a bad thing…

V8-Prius 12:23 pm 19 Aug 08

How about a doctor who speaks English? That’d be a bonus.

madocci 11:51 am 19 Aug 08

This is a lot better than any of the crappola the labor party has come up with! Considering they have an entire public service to come up with policy its pretty appalling the lack of quality coming out in the last term.

mutley...again 11:44 am 19 Aug 08

I’m more thinking about all the services that a government should be providing. You know, stuff like properly functioning health and education sectors that the current govt isn’t providing?

If the Libs can provide these services without the extra cash then I’d be very happy to have it back, but I think it would take slightly more than Sonic’s war-chest to provide them.

ant 11:39 am 19 Aug 08

Hopefully they’ll also tell us where they are going to get these doctors FROM. It might work quite well if teh gov’t was to set up a program for the bulk importation from overseas, with accommodation and other support systems part of the whole.

jakez 11:28 am 19 Aug 08

mutley…again said :

After all their lip service complaining about increased taxes, I’m waiting for the Liberal tax cut policy.

I have no problems with no tax cuts as long as they provide more services with the extra cash.

Well how about you donate your money to the Government and I keep my money to pay for services then?

mutley...again 11:17 am 19 Aug 08

After all their lip service complaining about increased taxes, I’m waiting for the Liberal tax cut policy.

I have no problems with no tax cuts as long as they provide more services with the extra cash.

areaman 11:16 am 19 Aug 08

Great to see that they’re all fully costed… oh hang on, no they’re not. It’s pretty easy to go around promising to spend money willy nilly, what are they going to cut to pay for it?

madocci 11:11 am 19 Aug 08

I think its a great idea, especially for when you have a sick kid in the middle of the night that you are worried about, but nothing is open. I am definitely leaning towards voting liberal after this announcement.

jakez 10:56 am 19 Aug 08

The policy will probably be up on the website soonish. Judging by the completely limp-wristed attack Katy Gallagher put up, this might actually be a good idea.

The grants I’m not so sure about.

I hope this policy is affordable. If the Liberals break the bank I’m going to be so pissed off. It’s not like the Stanhope Government was a paragon of revenue reduction. After all their lip service complaining about increased taxes, I’m waiting for the Liberal tax cut policy.

Thumper 10:36 am 19 Aug 08

Good idea.

It will take a lot of pressure of our already stressed hospitals and casualty wards.

dodgybranchopolous 10:23 am 19 Aug 08

I heard Zed speaking about this on 666 this morning. Just like his ’21 students’ pledge, he will ‘release costing details closer to the election’. Must be tough not having Mulcahy around anymore to provide the economic smarts….

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