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Almost half GP Super Clinics sent back to drawing board

Almost half of the GP Super Clinics in operation had had their official operational plans rejected, figures released by the Federal Government show. In answer to a question from Liberal MP Dr Andrew Southcott, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek admitted that, as at 11 October last year, 10 Super Clinics were found to have submitted operational plans that were unacceptable and required amendment, while the plans of a further 14 had been accepted.

02 Sep 2012

Almost half of the GP Super Clinics in operation had had their official operational plans rejected, figures released by the Federal Government show.

In answer to a question from Liberal MP Dr Andrew Southcott, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek admitted that, as at 11 October last year, 10 Super Clinics were found to have submitted operational plans that were unacceptable and required amendment, while the plans of a further 14 had been accepted.

So far there are 27 GP Super Clinics in operation, with a further five approaching full operational capacity.

But this is short of the Federal Government’s original target for 36 clinics to be up and running by the end of June this year, and has underlined concerns about the program since its conception.

AMA President Dr Steve Hambleton said that although the organisation was not opposed to the establishment of GP Super Clinics in areas of demonstrated need, it was concerned the selection of clinic locations was largely a political process.

The Australian National Audit Office is investigating the operation of the program, and the Federal Government withdrew $44 million from the $650 million scheme in the May Budget.

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Published: 02 Sep 2012