Govt gave nod to super clinics without checking existing services

HEALTH Minister Nicola Roxon has admitted that no analysis of existing local primary healthcare providers was carried out by her department prior to the Government’s 2010 pre-election pledge to fund 28 new GP super clinic sites.

Ms Roxon was forced to make the admission in Parliament yesterday following a question on notice from Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare Andrew Southcott.

Dr Southcott had asked Ms Roxon for details of any analysis either she or her department had undertaken of existing providers in the communities nominated by the Government to receive super clinic funding in the