27 September 2011 Media Release from Andrew Southcott MP, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare
The discovery that the Gillard Government has been locked out of the $16.5 million Redcliffe GP Super Clinic is just further proof that Minister Roxon has bungled the implementation of the GP Super Clinics program and can’t be trusted with managing Australia’s Healthcare sector, Andrew Southcott, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare said today.
“The GP Super Clinics program has been a shambles right from day one” he said.
“First we had Super Clinics opening without any doctors, and now we discover that the builders in Redcliffe have walked off the job demanding payment amidst claims of improper financial dealings”.
It was only in December last year that Minister Nicola Roxon told ABC radio that ‘As a minister I make sure that I'm keeping a close watch on these projects.’
“For a Minister that’s keeping a ‘close watch on these projects’, how long has the Minister been aware of the problems at the Redcliffe Super Clinic? And more importantly, how is she planning to fix it?”
During Senate Estimates in May, a representative of the Department of Health & Ageing stated that they expected the Redcliffe GP Super Clinic to be open in July-August.
Unfortunately, even if the funding impasse was resolved instantly, the clinic is still 4 months away from completion.
“As the Coalition spokesperson on GP Super Clinics, I wrote to the Minister on 13 September requesting a briefing from the Department of Health & Ageing on the Redcliffe Super Clinic.
“To this day I am still waiting for a reply.”
“Minister Roxon needs to come clean on Redcliffe and make a full disclosure of the financial issues plaguing the clinic.”