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People living with mental illness are vulnerable

In response to Angus Taylor's request for feedback on the federal budget in the Wollondilly Advertiser on May 21 ("Tough budgets needed to fix the economy").

I would remind our government of the poor physical health of people with a serious mental illness.

As a mental health nurse who aspires to be involved in healthcare research, I should be delighted to hear about the investment in this area.

Instead, I find myself distressed that it is at the expense of those most vulnerable in our society, who already have a reduced life expectancy.

People with a serious mental illness on low incomes will not go to the GP once the Medicare co-payment is introduced.

This will lead to increased demand on our community mental health teams and hospitals which are more expensive to fund than medical centres.

Angus Taylor, your government condemned the previous Labor government for not considering the safety of the community in their failed insulation scheme.

You should reconsider the Medicare co-payment before your glossy medical research centre embarrasses you with statistics on the increasing mortality rates of vulnerable citizens who deserve safe healthcare.

Caroline Richardson, Picton

GP co-payment's a tax

Don't believe for a second the notion held by Russell Matheson and Tony Abbott that the removal of the price on carbon emissions somehow justifies a tax every time you visit the doctor.

How naive do they think we are?

The government currently charges multinational companies a fee for sending carbon emissions into the air.

This revenue is then spent on renewable energy and additional pension and family payments.

The GP tax is a tax directly on us, with no rebates and no assistance.

Let Mr Abbott and Mr Matheson argue the merits of charging people to visit the doctor.

But trying to show a "saving" by linking it to removing the carbon price displays either ignorance or dishonesty.

Damien Quinnell, Camden

Top marks to staff

Just like to let everyone know that we have a top hospital at Campbelltown.

I was there this week for an operation.

I found all the doctors, nurses and all staff to be understanding and reassuring, during what is a scary time for the patients.

The staff were always ready to help when needed, even at the end of a 12-hour shift.

I want to especially thank the nurses — who have the most contact with a patient — for all they did for me during my short time there.

Top marks to all the hard workers at Campbelltown Hospital.

Warren Galbraith, Currans Hill

Good work on march

In reference to "Diggers denied chance to march behind banner with pride", Wollondilly Advertiser, May 14.

The Picton Anzac Day Committee do an excellent dawn march and service each year.

It always runs smoothly and gets more popular as the years go on.

Keep up the good work, don't change a thing.

Charles Dunn, Picton

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