There’s just two days left until the Hunter’s GP Access After Hours service is scheduled to shut.
The Mater clinic will close for good on Christmas Eve, while other clinics will cut back on their opening hours.
An online rally’s happening today, which could be the last chance to save the service.
At least 11,000 people signed a petition calling on the Governments to restore funding cuts.
It’s hoped either the Federal or State Government could be a last minute lifeline, but New South Wales maintains it’s the responsibility of the Commonwealth.
It’s estimated the service saves as much a $21.7 million in unnecessary presentations at the emergency department.
There’s also fear the closures and scaling back could more pressure on the already exasperated John Hunter Hospital.
Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon says it’s now just 48 hours until the worst Christmas present ever.
“We cannot get by without GP Access After Hours,” Ms Claydon said. “We don’t have to access to bulk billing doctors in our community.”
“This is a service that has proved to be exceptional, to provide quality healthcare, to be there when people need it, and to abandon this service now, makes no sense whatsoever.”