Officials defend super clinic delays

Health bureaucrats have defended the speed with which Labor's GP super clinics are being built, partly blaming bad weather and council delays for hold ups.

A Senate estimates committee heard construction on 16 of the 28 super clinics promised in 2010 had yet to begin.

The one-stop shops were introduced under former prime minister Kevin Rudd to combine GP services with specialists and pharmacies, and take the pressure of stretched emergency departments.

Liberal Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells asked health department staff if they were happy with progress on the