Shadow Assistant Minister for Health, Stephen Jones and Labor’s Spokesperson for Macquarie, Susan Templeman today joined representatives from the Blue Mountains GP Network and the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association to discuss the impact the Abbott Government’s ill-conceived GP Tax and increase to the cost of medicines will have on the Blue Mountains community.
Speaking outside the Springwood Medicare office, Stephen Jones said Patients in the Blue Mountains will be slugged twice by the Abbott Government’s GP Tax and PBS price hikes, costing local families over $22 million over the next four years.
The Department of Health’s most recent figures reveal every patient across the region will be on average, $223.17 out of pocket as they are hit for every visit to a GP and every medicine they are prescribed.
“So it’s a double whammy for local patients. They’re whacked when they go to see a doctor and then again when they need to fill their prescriptions. This does not even take into account the extra fees charged for basic services like x-rays, scans or blood tests”, said Jones.
Federal Member for Throsby Stephen Jones has welcomed the news that residents in Horsley and West Dapto will soon be connected to fast and reliable internet on the National Broadband Network (NBN).
Over 2,000 homes and businesses in Horsley and West Dapto will receive Labor’s high-speed fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) broadband, Stephen Jones said today.
After a hard-fought campaign for improved broadband services for the area, Mr Jones said he was pleased that NBN Co would be rolling out Labor’s all fibre broadband network to Horsley families and businesses.
“This is a win for the people of Horsley who have been crying out for improved broadband services for some time but there are still many other areas in the region stuck in broadband limbo”, said Jones.
“Access to fast and reliable broadband is still a huge and ongoing issue for a lot of newer suburbs in our region like Tullimbar, Oak Flats and Albion Park.
“I’ve been campaigning with locals to get fibre connected to the premises for the past two years because many residents don’t even have access to basic ADSL.