Bailout: more millions for struggling super clinic

HEALTH Minister Nicola Roxon has given a $3.2 million bailout to Queensland’s Redcliffe GP super clinic, just three days after another super clinic collapsed because the government had refused it extra funding.

The lifeline – which takes the federal government’s spending on the beleaguered Redcliffe project to $13.2 million – follows weeks of tense negotiations as the construction company stopped work claiming it had not been paid.

It also comes after the super clinic’s owner, Redcliffe Hospital Foundation (RHF), failed to secure a loan from the Queensland government and the Queensland Health Minister referred the management of the project to the state’s corruption commission. The commission has since ruled out a formal investigation.

The builder, Constructions Group, had given RHF until the end of September to pay before it considered legal action. But after an emergency meeting on that day between federal