Nurse clinic founder rejects AMA concerns over patient safety

SMARTCLINICS founder Steven Dahl has hit back at claims from doctors’ groups that his nurse practitioner-led private clinics – set to begin in Brisbane later this month – could jeopardise patient safety.

AMA Queensland president Dr Richard Kidd and AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton both told MO they had serious concerns about the clinics, but Mr Dahl said he was “surprised” by the comments.

“We have had a number of conversations with the AMA and have taken their advice on board,” Mr Dahl said.

“Each clinic will be staffed by nurse practitioners, midwives and a GP, and to say that nurse practitioners, with at least 10 years of experience, are doing anything but putting patients first is not at all accurate.

“I think it is misleading.”

Dr Hambleton said having a GP available for consultation would not alleviate the AMA’s concerns that nurse-led