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Federal election 2022: Labor promises urgent care clinics to ease emergency department pressure

The Labor Party has laid out a plan to expand emergency care services across Australia should it secure an election win on May 21.

Dubbed Medicare Urgent Care Clinics, Labor says it will roll out clinics in every State and Territory at GP surgeries and community health centres to take the pressure off hospital emergency departments.

The urgent care clinics will be bulk-billed and act as the go-between for regular GPs and the emergency room, with doctors and nurses on hand to treat broken bones and sprains, cuts, wounds, insect bites, minor ear and eye problems and minor burns.

Brand MP Madeleine King said should a Labor government be elected, an urgent care clinic “tailored to meet the needs of the local community” would be installed near Rockingham General Hospital.

“I am proud to have secured this Labor commitment to ease the pressure on Rockingham General Hospital, ensuring local families can see a doctor, rather than wait in an emergency room,” Ms King said.

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