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Thursday, 10 November 1983
Page: 2554


Mr McGAURAN —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House-

(1) notes that a long-running dispute at the Moonee Ponds Health Department has prevented many Victorian doctors from receiving bulk billing cheques for disadvantaged and pensioner patients;

(2) expresses its concern that, as a result, the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association has recommended that doctors stop bulk billing and instead charge patients directly; and

(3) calls upon the Minister for Health and the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations to immediately seek a resolution of this industrial dispute , which is causing financial hardship, and in many cases financial suffering, to both doctors and the patients they serve.