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NSW Government fails to respond in time for by-elections

The NSW Baird government cancelled legislation requiring registered nurses 24/7 for high needs residents in nursing homes despite a NSW Upper House Inquiry finding the legislation should be retained with minor amendments.

Letters were sent to the new Premier requesting  reversal of the Baird government decision for a number of reasons including the welfare of residents.

Email NSW Premier to Reinstate Registered Nurses in Nursing Homes

  • The first letters went to the NSW Premier on 23/2 but when voters went to the polls in three by-elections on 8/4,  there had been no response addressing the issues that were raised.
  • The Premier had ample information at hand from the comprehensive Upper House Inquiry findings that supported retaining the legislation.

Public Forum Sydney, 14th March 6pm, Death By A Thousand Cuts: Turnbull’s Hidden War on Medicare

with special guest speakers
JOCELYN, Nurse and member of NSW Nurses and Midwives Association – speaking on how the cuts to bulk-billing for vital tests will damage our healthcare system and the quality of patient care
MEDICARE WORKER, member of the Community and Public Sector Union – speaking on how the possible Medicare payments privatisation will be a disaster for jobs, our healthcare system and our rights
+ time to discuss the next steps in the campaign

Not only will the pathology cuts mean we pay for x-rays, pap smears and blood tests, but the Turnbull government wants to sell off the Medicare benefits payment system to a private company. This, on top of billions of dollars in cuts to hospitals and health and the freeze on bulk-billing rates for GPs. Join us to hear from those on the front lines and find out what you can do to stop it.

MONDAY 14th MARCH 6pmNSW Trades Hall Training Rooms

377-383 Sussex St, Sydney

Call 0404 654 757 for more info/help getting in

Save Medicare Organising Meeting Sydney, 1st March, 6pm

We’re having an organising meeting this Tuesday night (1 March), at 6pm, at NSW Trades Hall (4 Goulburn St, enter via Sussex st).
Everybody who has been involved or is interested in getting involved is welcome to come.
We’ll be debriefing on the last rally and discussing future possibilities. If you would like to contribute to that discussion but can’t make it, feel free to email me or the organising list any thoughts.
Also, the NSW Nurses and Midwives have put together a great little video from the last protest – have a look:

RALLY Saturday February 20th, 1PM, Sydney Town Hall

THESE CUTS ARE KILLING US: End Healthcare Austerity


The Turnbull Government is reducing funding for pathology tests – this could lead to payments of at least $30 for pap smears, and urine and blood tests.The Federal Government’s efforts to save $650 million will put lives at risk.

Cuts to bulk-billing for pathology services will affect MRIs, x-rays, blood and urine tests, ultrasounds and pap-smears.The cuts are particularly harmful for women, people with a disability, working class and poor people, and anybody with chronic health issues.
This means pap smears, blood and urine tests, MRIs and X-Rays are all unlikely to be bulk-billed.
This would cost some patients hundreds of dollars in up-front fees, which the Medicare rebate would only partially cover.
For example, currently the Medicare rebate for cytology tests for cancer ranges from around $20 to $220. If these aren’t bulk billed then the patient has to pay an amount equal to the whole of the Medicare rebate plus however much extra the pathology provider decides to charge, and can only claim back the rebate afterwards.
People who need multiple tests will have to pay the fee each time.
This rebate is only available to providers if they bulk bill and there is no cap on how much providers are allowed to charge once they stop bulk billing.

The continuing Medicare rebate freeze will be the equivalent of charging an additional $8.43 copayment per non-concessional patient consultation in 2017/2018 dollars.
The rebate freeze is pressuring GPs, Optometrists, Physiotherapists and other health professionals to charge more and to abandon bulk billing.

The government is talking about privatising the delivery of Medicare rebates.
The privatisation of public service delivery will mean taxpayer money going into the pockets of private providers for worse service after profits are extracted.
Your confidential information will be in the hands of profit driven companies and possibly held overseas.

The Federal government has cut $50 billion out of grants for hospitals. State governments cannot easily replace this funding.

Join the Save Medicare contingent on 20th February in Sydney to fight for a well-funded public and universal health system, paid for through progressive taxation. This is not only the most equitable way to fund primary healthcare, it is also the most effective and efficient.

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