Planned GP Superclinic to go ahead

THE Bundaberg GP Superclinic will go ahead if the Coalition wins the election on August 21, but it could be one of the last ones built.

Member for Hinkler Paul Neville said that when the GP Superclinic proposal was first put up he opposed it because he could not see the benefit in funding a facility to compete with existing GPs’ practices in Bundaberg.

However, he said the model that had been proposed for Bundaberg had some unique aspects, such as innovative health programs and the extension of programs to help chronic disease sufferers.

“For that reason I’m happy to support it,” he said.

Mr Neville said it was his understanding the Coalition would finish any projects to which the government was committed, but would not be proceeding with subsequent tranches of the policy if it was elected.

Labor candidate Belinda McNeven said the party’s policy was to continue the program it had started.

She said Labor wanted people to have better access to health care and saw the GP Superclinics as the way of accomplishing that.

The Superclinics had positive aspects such as bulk billing, training more doctors and nurses coupled with preventative health care.

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