Clinic delay ‘beyond belief’

The latest figures on the scheme, in a department spreadsheet supplied ahead of a Senate Estimates hearing last week, also showed four super clinics announced in the 2010 election still had no funding agreement in place.

The Coalition said the delays showed the whole program was a “disaster”. The government however has focused on the super clinics which have opened, saying the remaining six promised by former prime minister Kevin Rudd in 2007 were set to open soon.

“It is beyond belief that more than five years after they were promised, local residents are still left waiting,” shadow parliamentary secretary for primary healthcare Dr Andrew Southcott said.

Most of the delays appeared to be in Queensland with five of the seven unfinished super clinics promised in 2007 in that state – including the troubled Redcliffe super clinic. Three of the four super clinics promised in 2010 and yet to sign funding agreements were also