Thursday, December 17, 2009

Senate hearing today

The Senate Inquiry into the Health Legislation Amendment (Midwives and Nurse Practitioners) Bill 2009 and two related Bills is being undertaken today.

To listen to the live webcast from 9am click here or here if that doesn't work

Submissions are online

As a result of stakeholder pressure, Health Minister Nicola Roxon has informed inquirers that the amendments will not proceed. In a letter dated 8 December 2009, Minister Roxon states:
“However, after further consideration of the issues raised by stakeholders in relation to access to professional indemnity insurance and subsequent registration under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme, I am persuaded that it is not necessary or desirable to proceed with the collaboration amendments to the Midwife Professional Indemnity (Commonwealth Contribution) Scheme Bill 2009.”

This fact has been reported on by Family First Senator Steve Fielding in a press release

The silence of the government, prepared to do a quiet backflip, and hoping that noone in the media will pay any attention, is noted.

1 comment:

Joy Johnston said...

We have heard that 2000 submissions were received by this inquiry. This is truly awesome! Congratulations and thanks to all who participated.