Super clinic has no substance

IT’S all style and no substance at this point for the Gladstone GP super clinic.

Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon released an artist’s impression of the Gladstone clinic yesterday during a visit to the region, but avoided answering whether the land had been purchased yet, where it was proposed to to build it, or when the work was likely to start and finish.

“I’m not trying to be secretive here,” she said.

“We want to make sure the proper processes are gone through. It’s not appropriate for me to second-guess what will happen with the council.

“I, for one, as the Federal Health Minister, should not be stepping on the toes of the

council and telling them where this should be. That is something that the local council, as the local representatives of the community ultimately have the final say on.”

Ms Roxon answered questions in relation to criticism of a proposed GP super clinic in

Gladstone saying those who had been through the hospital waiting game through the unavailability of a GP, would understand the need for such a clinic in this region.

She also said those who travelled between GPs and specialists would also know the need for a GP super clinic in Gladstone.

“It’s not to replace other services, but to enhance them,” Ms Roxon said.

Gladstone residents will have to wait until public comment on the council development application process to learn the proposed site.

As the Labor Party entourage, which included Member for Flynn Chris Trevor and Gladstone Regional councillor Matt Burnett, remarked on the Gladstone clinic’s process, Ms Roxon also announced a further $5 million for GP super clinic for Emerald.

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