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    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Secret Labor plan for sale of Royal Children’s Hospital at Herston

    Minister for Health
    The Honourable Lawrence Springborg

    Tuesday, February 18, 2014

    Secret Labor plan for sale of Royal Children’s Hospital at Herston

    A report detailing plans to sell the Royal Children’s Hospital site at Herston was kept secret by the former Labor Government as it planned an auction of health assets to follow its sales of state-owned rail, motorways and forestry.

    Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg, said the report by Hassall Architects was a blatant attempt by Labor to air-brush its closure of the Royal Children’s Hospital and head off the development of new health infrastructure in its place.

    “Labor planned a costly but facile make-over for other existing facilities at Herston, to spite industry and the general community, who want the precinct developed for improved health projects and facilities,” Mr Springborg said.

    “Now the LNP has reversed this process – opening the way for more involvement from on-site partners like the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

    “We are clearing a path to bring more investment and a greater range of new health services to Herston.”

    Mr Springborg said the Labor Shadow Minister was Parliamentary Secretary to the corrupt former Health Minister, Gordon Nuttall, when land at the Eventide aged care precinct was sold in secret.

    “She knows all about the $750m blow-out in costs that followed Labor’s decision to scrap the Royal Children’s Hospital in favour of the Queensland Children’s Hospital Project in the electorate of the former Premier at South Brisbane,” he said.

    “Labor scrapped the RCH and ignored the on-site experts to down-size Herston, reduce its part in the future health of Queenslanders – and make money on the deal.

    “Now the Newman Government is at the wheel, industry and private health investors alike will help us drive greater investment and greater health capacity at Herston.”

    Mr Springborg said the secret Hassall report was uncovered last year by the Newman Government while its own plans to utilise the RCH and expand the Herston Precinct were being formulated.

    “If there are design elements of this work that can be used, they will be reviewed by our on-site partners and considered by the Government,” he said.

    “Unlike Labor, this Government will develop its plan in the open. The future uses of the RCH site will be health-related.”

    [ENDS] 18 February 2014

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