Media Release: Labor Fails to Meet Deadline for Promised Urgent Care Clinics

The Urgent Care Clinics promised across Australia remain undelivered as the Albanese Labor Government fails to meet their deadline.

Labor promised all 50 Urgent Care Clinics announced during the election would be up and running by 1 July 2023, but only a handful have actually been established by the Albanese Government to date.

The Government’s failure to establish and deliver the original 50 clinics within their own timeframe is a blatant broken promise.

In fact, they are even trying to take credit for merely rebadging 8 clinics established by the Victorian State Government, which is far from providing the promised improved access to critical healthcare and reduced pressure on hospital emergency departments.

Shadow Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Anne Ruston said, “As we reach the 1 July deadline, we still have no details about where the missing clinics will be exactly located or when patients can be expected to walk through the doors.”

“Labor also promised that every Urgent Care Clinic would be open during the extended times of 8am-10pm as a key part of their operation, but it was revealed in Budget Estimates that this won’t even be the case,” Senator Ruston said.

“It is becoming more and more evident that Labor sold the public a lie,” Senator Ruston said.

The Albanese Government continues to prove that Labor only prioritises health during election campaigns, and they fail when it comes to actually delivering the services they promised Australians.


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