All not happy at Medicare's move

MEDICARE Blacktown is on the move but not everyone is happy.

The Department of Human Services has confirmed Medicare will be relocated 700 metres to Centrelink on First Avenue when its Westpoint lease expires next month.

A spokesman said it would be located 300 metres from Blacktown station with on-site disabled car parking, untimed and timed parking spaces within a short walking distance.

"The relocation of the Blacktown Medicare shopfront to the Centrelink Service Centre coincides with an increase in the number of people taking advantage of alternative ways of doing their Medicare business," the spokesman said.

"In fact, over the past two years, the number of people coming into the Blacktown Medicare shopfront has decreased by almost 40 per cent. The department is committed to keeping the Blacktown community informed about any service changes."

He said the roll-out of one stop shops in other areas had been "overwhelmingly positive."

Federal opposition spokesman Doug Cameron has written to Human Services Minister Marise Payne on behalf of Greenway MP Michelle Rowland, who described the move as not customer-friendly.

"It makes no sense," Ms Rowland told the Sun.

"Co-location would make absolute sense if there was parking but there is none around there. Every time I go to Medicare Blacktown, people are hanging out the doors. It's a very busy office."

Readers on the Sun's Facebook page agree.

"Medicare needs to know how it is going to be a problem for many people," Susan McGuire wrote.

"There is no parking and it is too far from the station for sick and older members of the public."

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