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Libs promise more doctors

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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Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 10:15 am 05 Sep 08

UPDATE: Although I had to bail him up on live radio to get it, Zed has finally confirmed that (if elected) the Liberals would also commit to continuing with the previously announced $18M community health clinc for Gungahlin That is – on top of their recent GP clinic announcement as opposed to instead of.

And I met with the Executive Director of ACT Health on Monday about the planning for the community health clinic, with a good early scoping discussion.

Granny Granny 6:09 pm 21 Aug 08

We need to lure them, Gungahlin Al!

*heh heh heh*

But how?
A Tableaux Gungahlin perhaps?

; )

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 5:42 pm 21 Aug 08

UPDATE: Lengthy discussions with Jacqui Burke today (and other Libs last night). Jacqui has assured GCC that (if elected) the $18M community health clinic as already funded by government would continue, as would the majority (but not necessarily all – as would be the right of an incoming government) of the capital works commitments. However she is to seek written confirmation from Zed’s office.

If that is forthcoming, then the Liberal policy (without getting into the viability of the GP side of things, which is outside our expertise area) would represent an improvement, in that it would go some way to improving the after hours casualty needs of our area, and take some heat off Calvary for other north-side people.

Now if we could get some interest in establishing a specialist centre, which could be substantially or even wholly commercially funded…

Granny Granny 10:16 pm 20 Aug 08

Kalloo Kallay! The policy has finally been released.

Frabjous!

*ha ha*

Granny Granny 2:12 pm 20 Aug 08

: )

I’d love to stay and chat, but I’m off to preschool now. No really!

dodgybranchopolous dodgybranchopolous 2:01 pm 20 Aug 08

“Something about pot”

REPORTED!!

Granny Granny 1:50 pm 20 Aug 08

Something about pots and kettles …

dodgybranchopolous dodgybranchopolous 1:40 pm 20 Aug 08

It just dawned on me why the Liberals live in a policy vacuum. Their staffers spend all their time posting Liberal propaganda on this site rather than researching policy. It’s actually a bit embarassing to read guys, at least try and be a bit more subtle about it would ya?

areaman areaman 12:47 pm 20 Aug 08

There will be one in Queanbeyan:

http://www.alp.org.au/media/1007/mshea300.php

I agree we need at least one Canberra as well (considering Tasmania gets three), but hey we’re non-marginal seats :).

sepi sepi 12:07 pm 20 Aug 08

The FED govt is setting up these GP super clinics, but the ACT didn’t get any.

We have the second least GPs per capita in the whole country, so I really don’t know why we didn’t qualify.

jakez jakez 11:51 am 20 Aug 08

“2. After so many years of supporting a corporate health ideology, can we believe them?” Ms Bresnan said.

“These overnight GP Clinics are welcome, but are only one part of the health system, and can’t replace the value of community health practices like the recently closed Wanniassa.”

From Amanda Bresnan’s media release.

In the first paragraph she accuses the Liberals of supporting a ‘corporate’ health ideology, then in the second paragraph she praises a private health practise while knocking the Liberals Government run clinics.

That’s some lovely logical gymnastics.

Granny Granny 11:49 am 20 Aug 08

Granny said :

If ‘j’ is to be believed …

hahahahahahaha … can’t believe I wrote that!

: D

jakez jakez 11:44 am 20 Aug 08

Granny said :

jakez said :

Still no policy upload. Somebody call Divisional HQ on the number above and ask to speak to the Director.

I vote you do it …. *hehe*

; )

I’m a Party Member, they aren’t going to answer me. They’ll tell me to bugger off and stop causing trouble.

Thumper Thumper 11:42 am 20 Aug 08

Didn’t Federal Labor promise “GP super clinics” at the last election?

Like laptops for every student?

Non core promise evidently.

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 11:40 am 20 Aug 08

jakez said :

Note that Zed is the one announcing the health policy, not Jacqui… Still no policy upload.

This confirms the stupidity of attempting to run a presidential style election campaign in the ACT.

– GCC see an article in the media discussing Liberal Policy announements
– it has impacts in the health portfolio and media is interested in GCC thoughts
– GCC go to the Liberal website to see what they have announced
– GCC can’t find any information: no media release, no policy documents
– GCC call their spokesperson for health (MLA) for clarification
– GCC don’t get the clarification we are seeking (already covered above)
– we now find out via RiotACT that the Opposition Leader is responsible for the announcement

Just plain stupid.

Granny Granny 11:37 am 20 Aug 08

jakez said :

Still no policy upload. Somebody call Divisional HQ on the number above and ask to speak to the Director.

I vote you do it …. *hehe*

; )

AG Canberra AG Canberra 11:36 am 20 Aug 08

Didn’t Federal Labor promise “GP super clinics” at the last election?

Was Canberra slated to get one (two or three)?

jakez jakez 11:23 am 20 Aug 08

Granny said :

He has a posse of crazies after him, and you are surprised that he had an outburst?
People are human, jakez. Didn’t you ever watch the Waltons?

If RiotACT is so insignificant then why do the local politicians appear to take such an interest?

It would have been easy enough for somebody to upload the document to the website 60 posts ago, or if it is not ready for release just explain why and when it will be.

That is just commonsense.
If ‘j’ is to be believed, it would appear that Simon Corbell is not all that happy with him either. So it cuts both ways, I guess.

1, RiotACT wouldn’t be RiotACT without johnboy getting on his high horse so no I’m not really upset with him.

2, Firstly politicians are wonks as well. Secondly, I didn’t say RiotACT was insignificant, I said that johnboy and RiotACT can’t change the publics apathy. They don’t care about reading the policy. That is just common sense.

3, I absolutely agree with your point on uploading the policy document. I don’t know why it isn’t up there and I think it should be.

Here’s something to stir you guys up a bit. I’ve just received an email of a media release from Zed’s office. ‘ZED ANNOUNCES AFTER HOURS BULK BILLING GP CLINICS IN THE SUBURBS’

http://www.canberraliberals.org.au/html/s02_article/article_view.asp?art_id=338&nav_cat_id=156&nav_top_id=55

Note that Zed is the one announcing the health policy, not Jacqui… Still no policy upload. Somebody call Divisional HQ on the number above and ask to speak to the Director.

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 11:17 am 20 Aug 08

Gungahlin Al said :

Jonathon emailed Jackie asking for details.

Have to correct you Alan. I actually phoned Jacqui’s office on 62050133.

The individual who answered the phone (female) could not and was not able to clarify the question we asked. I was told that Helen (Jacqui’s advsor) would call me back with a response.

Almost 11am the following day I am still waiting to hear.

It isn’t as if Jacqui’s office isnt aware of the GCC media release. A copy was sent to both Katy Gallagher and Jacqui Burke. The media release obviously prompted Katy to send the council an update via our web site (as Alan has previously mentioned).

We weren’t asking for anything other than a simple clarification. Unfortuately the lack of information (and poor communication from Jacqui’s office) does make it appear that the Liberal policy was made on the run.

My previous dealings with Jacqui’s office (in particular directly with Jacqui) for information have generally been good.

Granny Granny 11:05 am 20 Aug 08

He has a posse of crazies after him, and you are surprised that he had an outburst?

People are human, jakez. Didn’t you ever watch the Waltons?

: )

If RiotACT is so insignificant then why do the local politicians appear to take such an interest?

It would have been easy enough for somebody to upload the document to the website 60 posts ago, or if it is not ready for release just explain why and when it will be.

That is just commonsense.

If ‘j’ is to be believed, it would appear that Simon Corbell is not all that happy with him either. So it cuts both ways, I guess.

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