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Provest to blame for looming emergency department crisis

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Ron Goodman, Labor candidate for Tweed

Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest will carry the blame when Tweed Hospital’s emergency department is flooded with patients driven there by Tony Abbott’s Liberal National Party $7 GP Tax.

Last week, Mr Provest attacked me and denied that there would be a problem, but today, we see that his own department believes that emergency departments will be deluged with patients who are unable to pay for their care.

The National Party’s $7 GP Tax will be a disaster for our hospital emergency departments.

The Nationals must explain what he is doing to fight the GP Tax on pensioners and families. In fact, he has defied that the tax would affect families.

Geoff Provest has failed the interests of Tweed families who rely on the emergency department of Tweed Hospital.

He has gone missing when the services of Tweed Hospital are under massive threat. He is also the man who is fighting to have paid parking at Tweed Hospital.

The documents were obtained through a call for papers by the NSW Legislative Council on the impact of the GP co-payment on NSW.

The modelling by NSW Health’s Health System Information and Performance Reporting Branch for the Department of Premier and Cabinet found:

* An increase in emergency department attendances by 500,000 a year;

* A 27 per cent increase in patients presenting to EDs due to an additional co-payment rather than seeing a local GP;

* The co-payment will increase the percentage of patients deferring a visit to a GP due to cost from the current five per cent; and

* An increase will mean an extra $80 million a year in extra costs to EDs.

The modelling was based on a $6 fee rather than the $7 fee proposed by the Abbott Government – so the financial impact will be even greater.

Tweed families deserve a State representative who is willing to stand up to Tony Abbott over the $7 GP Tax.

‘The National Party has left the Tweed Hospital emergency department dangerously exposed because of its failure to oppose the GP Tax.

Mr Provest has let Tweed families down badly on this issue.


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