Physician union criticizes labor government for managing health care system


Australia’s Victorian government’s huge medical budget is not doing good for workers, the state’s doctors’ union says.n Victorian election statements preceding the 26 November poll.

T.Medical staff burnout remains unaddressed in the post-pandemic period, according to the Victorian chapter of the Australian Medical Association.

AMA Victoria President Roderick McRae claimed:His crisis was “accumulated over decades over multiple administrations”, largely due to a lack of “sophisticated and coordinated long-term planning”. This approach failed to recognize the increasing demand and capacity constraints as the system scaled to cope, he wrote in the AMA’s Victorian election statement sent to political parties.

McRae also criticized the Labor government’s A$12 billion (US$7.69 billion) pandemic remediation plan for failing to improve the dire health system.

“Today, the plight of general practice is really business viability and remains dire,” McRae said.

The state’s supreme body of doctors is proposing a new division within Victoria’s health department to improve communication between hospitals and general practitioners.

Opinions of major political parties

The ruling coalition has pledged to invest $300 million in rebuilding the hospital if elected, but the Labor government is waiting to finalize the master plan and financing deal.

But Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews dismissed the AMA’s overall assessment.

“Our government has invested $150 billion in our healthcare system since we took office,” he said.

“I do not accept that conclusion. The facts tell a very different story.”

However, a spokesperson for the Victorian government told AAP that it has already established a new specialized ‘Chief GP Advisor’ position to incorporate more knowledge in this area into the health sector.

it looks like Victoria’s pandemic declaration is set to recur, making the state the first state to end mandatory COVID-19 quarantines.

The pandemic declaration ended at 11:59pm on Wednesday, with Victorians no longer having to quarantine after testing positive for the virus and self-quarantine being strongly encouraged.

AAP contributed to this report.

Nina Nguyen


Nina Nguyen is a reporter based in Sydney. She covers Australian news with a focus on social, cultural and identity issues. She is fluent in Vietnamese. Please contact her at [email protected].