Tanya PlibersekTasmania will get federal funding for after-hours GP services when its newly established Medicare Local finalises its plans, according to the federal government.

Tasmania was ignored in Tuesday’s $6 million announcement about grants for after hours care and but a spokesman for Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said new money would be allocated when the state’s Medicare Local submitted details of the services it would offer.

Tasmania’s Medicare Local is among the first 19 set up in the country to coordinate primary health care services, identify gaps and manage after hours care.

In the last round, which provided funding to 101 GP clinics, only one Tasmanian clinic, at Battery Point, was successful.

Twenty-four clinics in New South Wales, 25 in Victoria, seven in South Australia, four in Queensland, two in Western Australia and one in the Northern Territory have been granted up to $100,000 each as part of the $260 million after-hours care package.

Ms Plibersek also announced details about the services to be provided by the first Medicare Locals including grants to local GPs, but this didn’t extend to Tasmania’s Medicare Local, which is not due to start operating until July next year.

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