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GP Super Clinics: big con by the Rudd Labor Government.



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Senator Sue Boyce Liberal Senator for Queensland

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        23 OCTOBER 2008   

GP Super Clinics - big con by the Rudd Labor Government

The Rudd Labor Government will not be able to deliver on an election promise of the GP Super Clinics, according to evidence given to Senate Estimates, last night.

On questioning from Senator Sue Boyce, Senator for Queensland, the Department of Health and Ageing said the first GP Super Clinics won’t open until December 2009.

“The Rudd Labor Government has committed to opening 20 Super Clinics by June 2009, and the Department of Health and Ageing have only approved four applications, with the first to open in December 2009,” Senator Boyce said.

“In Senate Estimates last night, the Department of Health and Ageing said because it is a capital works program there would be a longer lead time.

“The Health Minister must then be asked whether she made the announcement of the GP Super Clinics without seeking advice from the Department.

“Is the Health Minister making promises to the Australian people, and letting her Department then scramble madly to deliver on some unrealistic promises?

“The GP Super Clinics won’t be delivered on time, and won’t offer anything more than medical clinics currently offer, and the Australian people are seeing this as another broken promise by the Rudd Labor Government.

“This can be added to the list of broken promises like computers in schools, broadband rollouts, carer’s bonus and now GP Super Clinics and the Australian people have been conned by the Rudd Labor Government,” Senator Boyce said.

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