THE $1.8 billion Sunshine Coast University Hospital under construction at Kaw ana will be publicly managed.
The government has exclusively revealed to the Daily that Queensland Health staff and the local Hospital and Health Board will provide clinical services.
Support services including pathology, radiology and pharmacy could still be privatised.
But this decision means free public health care and clinical services provided through in-house doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.
The new Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital is due to open with 450 beds and a clinical staff of 2500 in 2016 .
It has the potential to expand to 738 beds by 2021.
The Daily championed the community and health workers' fight for clinical services to be publicly managed.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the decision for clinical services to remain in-house was based on value-for-money.
He said analysis determined that the private sector offer was unable, at this time, to match the capacity of the public sector.
Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Board chairman Professor Paul Thomas welcomed the decision.
He said the government's decision meant the focus would now switch to market-testing clinical support services at the university hospital including pathology, radiology and pharmacy.
"This will determine whether better value-for-money providers can be found, but it does not automatically mean services will be outsourced," he said.
Work also will begin immediately to engage appropriate non-government cleaning, catering, and associated service providers at the university hospital.
The university hospital is still being delivered under Queensland's first public hospital public private partnership - a PPP.
Exemplar Health began construction of the public hospital in October last year.
Exemplar is a consortium comprising Lend Lease Building (builder), Spotless Facilities Services (facilities manager), Lend Lease Infrastructure Investments and Siemens (equity providers) and Capella Capital (asset manager).
From Sunshine Coast Daily Bianca Clare 6th Dec 2013 6:54 AM
More ...There’s no privatisation to see here!
That’s the headline Lawrence Springborg wants Queenslanders to see as they read the news and his press release earlier today, but within a few paragraphs the Ministerial release goes on to say:
Mr Springborg said expressions of interest for the outsourcing of clinical support services will be followed by a comprehensive evaluation of responses.
In case it’s not clear, the “clinical support services” being referred to include pathology, radiology, and pharmacy, all services that are vital to patient care.
Once again, this tricky language, whether it’s ‘contestability’, or outsourcing, hides from Queenslanders that Lawrence Springborg is making a decision to dismantle public health services and fundamentally change the care that patients receive in our public hospitals.