Rudd unmoved by homebirths protests

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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he is not moved by protests from doctors and midwives upset at changes to the health system.

Doctors have rallied ... because they are concerned new super clinics will put an end to the family doctor and drive young general practitioners away from the profession.

... protesters ... are objecting to changes which force private midwives who attend homebirths to work in collaboration with a doctor.

Mr Rudd says ... "Our job is to govern in the national interest - that means implementing what we said before the election in these critical reform areas, getting on with it ... "

"... we intend to implement that which we said we'd do."

Protesters say amendments to the Medicare for the Midwives Bill will result in a medical veto over midwifery practice and homebirths ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448