Super Clinic Cuts Hospital Emergency Waiting Times

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Byline: Melissa Woods melissa.woods@dailymercury.com.au

WAITING times at Mackay's hospital emergency department could be dramatically decreased as a result of the government's $7million commitment to a Mackay GP Super Clinic.

Minister for Health and Ageing Nicola Roxon visited the Mackay Blue Care Respite Centre yesterday to announce Labor's plan to provide a slice of funding for Mackay's health system.

As reported in yesterday's Daily Mercury, Ms Roxon said the clinic would train 3000 nurses and 1300 GPs over the next three years, while also providing after hours GP services.

"The super clinic will be open seven days a week and will offer longer operating hours than existing GP clinics," Ms Roxon said.

"We will also offer a phone line for mums and dads to ask for advice at any time of day.

"The real focus is on providing a better service for pensioners or a place where mums and dads can take their sick children rather than to the emergency department."

The funding is part of the Federal Government's 2010-2011 Budget, which will provide $355.2million for up to 23 new GP Super Clinics across the country, while also upgrading a further 425 existing GP practices, primary care and community health services and Aboriginal Medical Services. …