MARSHALL URGES FEDS TO INTERVENE & HELP SAVE URALLA MEDICAL CENTRE

MARSHALL URGES FEDS TO INTERVENE & HELP SAVE URALLA MEDICAL CENTRE

Monday, 9 January 2023

LOCAL State MP Adam Marshall has today made an urgent plea to Commonwealth Health Minister Mark Butler to intervene and overrule his own department, helping prevent the closure of the Uralla Medical Centre.

The Centre announced over the weekend that it would close permanently later this month, largely due to Medicare recently refusing its application for rural practice incentives, as a result submitting the required paperwork after the due date.

Mr Marshall said it was one of the worst cases of bureaucratic overreach he had seen.

“If this decision isn’t reversed it will have huge adverse consequences for Uralla and our region,” Mr Marshall said.

“I appreciate the importance of deadlines and accurate paperwork, especially in the medical profession, but with the viability of a critical rural medical practice on the line, a little bit of leniency should be considered and granted in this instance.

“I have written to Minister Butler this morning asking for his urgent intervention to have Medicare accept Uralla Medical Centre’s paperwork, so it’s closure can be avoided.

Mr Marshall said Uralla Medical Centre practitioner Dr Ricardo Alkhouri operated the only full-time practice in Uralla – a town without a hospital and an ageing population.

“The practice has around 3,000 patients currently on its books – more than the total population of Uralla – which highlights the critical importance of this practice to the wider region,” Mr Marshall said.

“This is an integral service for so many vulnerable and isolated members of the community.

“Without this practice open and available for patients, I am worried that many people will endure great distress and tragic health outcomes.

“We cannot afford to see this clinic close and the loss of medical expertise from the community and our region and I will do everything I can to ensure this does not happen.

“I hope and trust that Minister Butler will intervene quickly and give Uralla Medical Centre’s application the favourable consideration it deserves.”

Recent Articles

TWO NEW PRESCHOOLS ON THE WAY FOR WARIALDA AND TOOMELAH KIDS

22nd February 2024

Photo caption: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, with Warialda Public School Principal Dan van Velthuizen this week, discussing... Read More

WORK GETS UNDERWAY ON NEW $1 MILLION FURRACABAD CREEK BRIDGE

22nd February 2024

Photo caption: Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, left, with Glen Innes Severn Council Mayor Rob Banham at Furracabad Bridge,... Read More

NEW EBOR FALLS UPPER DECK VIEWING PLATFORM NOW OPEN

20th February 2024

Photo caption: Inspecting and opening the new upper deck viewing platform at Ebor Falls today, Northern Tablelands MP Adam... Read More