Wednesday, April 23, 2014

 

Medicare closure could mean 30 job losses

 

There are fears more local jobs will go, with the Federal Government set to close the Wollongong Medicare Local office as part of the May Federal Budget.

 

Throsby MP and Shadow Assistant Minister for Health Stephen Jones claims the closure will mean the loss of 30 local frontline jobs.

 

He says Medicare Local is a one-stop-shop for primary health care, and it's closure will be detrimental to the people of the Illawarra.

 

Cunningham MP Sharon Birds also says the Illawarra has a higher than national average incidence of chronic diseases like diabetes.