Mid-year Call the Midwife DVD contest

We’ve passed the midpoint of the year and the days are getting longer. We reckon that’s worth celebrating with a DVD giveaway! We have five copies of Call the Midwife Series 3, with special feature cast interviews, for five lucky Nurse Uncut readers*.

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My Budget concerns

Over on the NSWNMA website, we’re running a poll on the federal Budget which asks respondents to give their thoughts. Angie Gittus, an RN from Murwillumbah in the north of the state, outlined her concerns about the possible negative flow-on from the Budget. Today we share Angie’s thoughts with you.

If you are also concerned about the Budget’s consequences, please email your NSW senators and ask them to reject the anti-Medicare aspects when it comes into the senate this month.

Angie writes: I’m concerned the GP copayment will push people into Emergency Departments. I’m concerned about the stress on already strained EDs and hospitals.

I’m concerned that it costs more to treat people in ED and the savings are to be found be keeping GPs accessible (making them more accessible!)

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Angie Gittus.

I’m concerned about the reduction of funding for primary health care – where we know the biggest savings can be made, including scrapping the preventable health care funding.

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Healthcare emergency!

Australia is facing a healthcare emergency.

The Abbott Government’s cuts to health have begun.

From this week, the Government begins its systematic slashing of more than $50 billion of health funding to the states and territories.

The Government will then ask the Senate to demolish Medicare by introducing a range of new costs for basic health services, including a $7 fee for GP visits and diagnostic and pathology services and an extra $5 for pharmaceutical medicines.

That’s why the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) has launched a new national campaign to stop these changes before they have the chance to devastate the health of Australians.

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GP nursing crisis after ‘devastating’ Medicare announcement

Stop press: In the face of strong concerns from nurses and doctors, the federal Government appears to have backed away from this abrupt change to the Medicare regulations and says there will be no change to the way GP practice nurse health assessments can be claimed. This is a positive outcome which shows what can be achieved when nurses and their organisations protest!

The Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care, often in GP practices, has voiced its dismay regarding the federal Government’s sudden announcement on Tuesday, 1 July, that the time general practice nurses spend contributing to health assessments cannot be legally claimed under the health assessment MBS items.

“This announcement will have a devastating impact on the ability of general practice to provide high quality preventive care,” said APNA President Karen Booth. “Preventing practices from claiming for nurse time will reduce access for patients and add to the costs of delivering healthcare in this country.”

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Health assessments are the first and very important step in delivering coordinated chronic disease care in general practice. Nurses perform much of the work required for health assessments for children, people at risk of chronic disease and elderly people; to stay viable, general practices need to be able to claim for this time.

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Defending Medicare – Kerry Rodgers RN

The campaign to defend Medicare is getting into gear. Today we’ve launched our Defending Medicare campaign page which makes it easy for you to send an email to your NSW senators asking them to reject the anti-Medicare measures in the federal Budget. The page also contains several excellent resources, including a booklet called Keeping it Public, which puts the lie to the notion that Medicare is too expensive.

Kerry Rodgers RN, who will also be speaking at this Sunday’s big Sydney Bust the Budget rally, spoke outside Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney’s east the Saturday before last. Watch a short video of Kerry’s passionate and well-argued talk below.

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Kerry Rodgers RN.

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