Govt ignores impact of super clinics

THE contentious GP super clinics program has come under renewed attack after the Health Department revealed it would not conduct any assessment of the impact of the clinics on neighbouring general practices.

The admission by a department official during a Senate estimates hearing last week has led to fresh accusations from GPs located near super clinic sites that the Federal Government was risking their businesses by bankrolling the centres.

Asked by Liberal Senator Sue Boyce if the department would assess the impact of super clinics on nearby practices, Health Department Assistant Secretary of Workforce Distribution Mark Booth told the hearing: “We wouldn’t formally go in and do a review of other practices.”

When Senator Boyce asked if the department would talk informally with neighbouring GPs about the impact, Mr Booth replied: “We wouldn’t do that as a matter of course, no.”

Assistant Secretary of GP