Roxon washes hands of Redcliffe super clinic freeze

HEALTH Minister Nicola Roxon has passed responsibility for the stalled Redcliffe GP super clinic to the Queensland government after it rejected an emergency loan request that could have revived the project.

The $5 million centre was meant to have opened in June but is now under a cloud after builders fenced off the site because of a $1.5 million construction bill they say has gone unpaid for two months.

The state-appointed Redcliffe Hospital Foundation, which is in charge of the project, had sought an emergency loan from Queensland – a move supported by the federal government – but was refused.

Ms Roxon said it was disappointing and the delays were "regrettable".

"Nevertheless, despite my disappointment, I respect that decisions involving Queensland finances must be made by the Queensland government," Ms Roxon said this week.

Independent advice tells the federal government that the project is viable and