Labor to Invest in Crucial Infrastructure to Boost GP services in Brighton

An Albanese Labor Government will provide $1.5m to the Brighton Council to help deliver a walk-in after hours health centre in Brighton.

Labor is committed to delivering funding that improves GP access, mental health care, and other key medical services in outer-metro, regional and rural Australia.

As one of the fastest regions in Tasmania, Brighton and surrounding communities are in desperate need of sustainable health infrastructure.

Yet under this Liberal Government, it's never been harder to see a GP.

Under Scott Morrison, it costs 42% more to see a GP in Lyons that it did in 2013 under the last Labor Government.

Labor's investment will deliver a new building in Brighton that will then be the place where GPs can deliver long-term health outcomes for this community.

This announcement follows Labor's existing health pledges, including:

 

-          3 bulk-billing Medicare Urgent Care Clinics for Tasmania.

-          Regional mental health telehealth services for Tasmanians reversing Scott Morrison’s damaging Medicare cuts.

-          Cuts to the price of medicines on the PBS by $12.50.

-          Our Strengthening Medicare Fund for more affordable health care, including after hours access.

-          A boost in workforce incentives to attract GPs and other health care professionals to rural and regional areas in Tasmania.

-          A new Shepherd Centre in Hobart providing early intervention care for hearing impaired children. 

 

Quotes attributable to Senator Carol Brown:

“It was Labor who initiated the Senate Inquiry into GP shortages in our regions and it heard that after a decade of this Government’s cuts to Medicare, communities around the country are crying out for more doctors.”

“Commitments such as our Medicare Urgent Care Clinics and this $1.5m investment here in Brighton will make it easier for regional Tasmanians to see a doctor when they need it and take pressure off overwhelmed emergency departments.”

 

Quotes attributable to Brian Mitchell MP:

 

“I’m so pleased to have secured this funding for the Brighton community.”

“We’ve lost at least seven local GPs in area over the last few years and Brighton deserves better.

“Everyone should have access to health services, regardless of their postcode, and Labor’s investment to assist Brighton Council will mark the first step towards long-term health improvements in this area.”

 

Quotes attributable to Kate Rainbird:

“On the eve of an election regional and rural Australians can’t trust Scott Morrison to deliver health care services for their community.”   

 

“Unlike Scott Morrison, Labor isn’t simply going remain idle and ignore the problems facing people in our community.

 

“We will take action to support the council to increase the number of doctors and improve health outcomes in communities that are desperate for more GPs.”