Australian Medical Association president Andrew Pesce said the Federal Government could have simply given existing practices more incentives to operate after hours or bulk bill.

What was promised was bulk-billing out-of-hours services and the full range of allied health radiology pathology. Instead there is patchy delivery according to Opposition health spokesman Andrew Southcott. In Queensland clinics at Strathpine and Ipswich are operational.

A clinic at Strathpine is no use at all to us here in The Grove – it is at least 14 kilometres away across country (no public transport in that direction). Absolutely NOT local.

We’d be much better off having our local doctors and medical centres and health professionals supported here in the Kedron Brook valley.