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Wanniassa medical centre closure – UPDATED Now with added protest

By geewasthatyou 4 August 2008 26

[First filed: August 03, 2008 @ 09:23]

A lot of people are angry about the closure of the Wanniassa medical centre.

When does business start to think about a community before profit?

[ED – Canberra Times story is here]

UPDATED: Apparently Annette Ellis (the Commonwealth Member for Canberra in case you’d forgotten) is organising a protest rally and petitions outside the medical centre at 9am tomorrow.

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Woody Mann-Caruso 10:03 am 06 Aug 08

The world needs more people who are prepared to point out stupidity when they see it. Expecting your own personal doctor at your beck and call who never, ever moves (even if it’s just up the road) is pretty nearsighted, as is confusing health care quality with convenience.

Re: GP numbers – Canberrans are the healthiest and longest-lived people in the country. If there is a shortage of GPs (and I don’t think there is), it doesn’t seem to have any adverse effect on health outcomes.

sepi 9:46 am 06 Aug 08

Yep – he was rude as. His other comments about ‘everyone would like a pedicure and a coffee while they wait, but this is the real world’ etc were pretty confrontational also.

Some PR lessons needed there.

At the end of the day this business can do what it likes. But the level of unhappiness in the community reflects the lack of choice in Canberra. We have the lowest rate of GPs per population in the country, and it seems to be eroding all the time.

clw49 9:13 am 06 Aug 08

The attititude of whichever Bateman it was interviewed on the ABC yesterday morning was a reflection of the attitude to the patients and doctors from WMC. His “Are you a slow learner?” when asked twice to confirm that patients would be able to make appointments with their own doctor – and anyone following the discussion would have known exactly why the question was repeated – was insulting, even more so when the tone was taken into account.

geewasthatyou 7:05 pm 05 Aug 08

there was agood turn out this morning i think PHC are getting the message, the more people ring [or fax if they wont take the calls] and sign the petition the better. and good on the pollies whoever they are for speaking up.

HA 2:56 pm 05 Aug 08

Primary Health Care won’t take calls. Try their financial adviser sCaliburn Partnership. Get some people power going here.

Ron Malek, Joint Chief Executive 0411 422 885
Roger Feletto, Managing Director 0418 485 190

HA 2:43 pm 05 Aug 08

Just phoned Primary to criticise this move, but they won’t take complaints over the phone. You have to write to them in Sydney. Pack of pricks if you ask me. Hit them where it hurts: in the hip pocket.

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