Blair MP Shayne Neumann.
Blair MP Shayne Neumann. Rob Williams

Super clinic not about votes, says MP

A REPORT into Labor's GP super clinics found issues with the programs delivery but Blair MP Shayne Neumann said Ipswich did not fall into the same category.

The report said the clinics were a vote-buying exercise with 44% of the clinics placed in marginal seats with delayed construction.

Mr Neumann announced $2.5 million in funding for the UQ clinic during the 2007 election campaign.

Mr Neumann won the seat from Liberal incumbent Cameron Thompson.

But Mr Neumann said the study into health services around Ipswich found the region would benefit from a super clinic.

The super clinic has provided more than 50,000 services since opening in October 2010.

Mr Neumann said a patient satisfactory survey found exceptionally high levels of patient satisfaction.

"The report really formed the basis of my thinking that we needed a GP super clinic," he said.

But his political rivals for the seat of Blair in the September federal election LNP candidate Teresa Harding said the clinic misled patients with incorrect opening times.

"Contrary to the information provided on the Department of Health and Aging website, the clinic is not open on Saturdays and parking is not free - there is even a $100 parking fine issued for those that aren't aware of the paid parking set-up," she said.

Palmer United Party candidate Anthony Stanton supports health investment as one of Australia's highest priorities, but is concerned the project was politically motivated rather than driven by demand for health services.

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