Super Clinic should be scrapped, no benefit, says Jindy businessman

PROMINENT Jindabyne business identity Bruce Marshall has called for the Jindabyne Super Clinic to be scrapped. He says the Snowy Mountains community will receive no appreciable improvement in medical services.

But he wants the funding to be maintained and used in other ways.

In a letter to the Summit Sun (see page 6), Mr Marshall describes the Super Clinic as a "mismanaged" government funded project.

He says the handing over of construction process of the $6.38 million facility to a preferred tenderer from outside the area will provide little to the local economy.

The construction and operation of the Super Clinic would lead to more empty shops in Jindabyne.

"The federal government will have wasted millions of our dollars competing with private enterprises for no appreciable reason other than for the local Member to be seen to be giving something to the local area," Mr Marshall said.

"I believe the process of developing a Super Clinic should be stopped but funds still committed by the Coalition after a study of how enhanced services can be provided and with ongoing funding commitments to emergency services, after hours service, treatment based medical services and aged care services," he said.

Mr Marshall, who has extensive business and property interests in the area, said it was not too late to bring the project in line.

He had spoken to Liberal candidate Peter Hendy who was prepared to seek a commitment to maintain the funding and reassess the local community's health needs. This would lead to a better outcome.

Mr Marshall said the Snowy River Shire Council was focused on getting the premises underway before a change of government.

"Council has said they are not prepared to run the proposed new medical centre themselves and take the risk of operational losses nor are they making a commitment to funding the fit out and specialist medical equipment.

"This leaves the proposed medical centre to be offered by tender for an operator to rent. The council and others involved have assumed that the current purpose-built premises will cease operating as a medical centre. This is most unlikely."

Work is due to start on the Super Clinc next month, with opening penciled in for 2014.

It is planned the Clinic will include general practitioners, nurses and allied health specialists including physiotherapy, speech pathology, audiometry, podiatry, psychology, and a dietitian.

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