AMA calls for super clinics inquiry

HEALTH Minister Nicola Roxon has taken a swipe at the AMA following the association’s call for the auditor-general to investigate the federal government's GP super clinics program.

The move by the AMA comes after Ms Roxon announced the scrapping of a planned clinic in Darwin on Wednesday and the axing of a Tasmanian super clinic last week.

AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton has written to Auditor-General Ian McPhee "urging a thorough audit of the program by the Australian National Audit Office".

Dr Hambleton accused the government of putting political needs ahead of patients.

"There is emerging evidence that the GP super clinics program is a failed initiative in concept, design and implementation," he said in a statement.

"In terms of planning, the location of clinics appears to be largely a political process that is not necessarily linked to community need."

Ms Roxon hit back, accusing the AMA of