Group wants port profit for new hospital

THE Gladstone Health Partnership has sent a letter to Premier Campbell Newman this week, demanding a new hospital be built in Gladstone.

The partnership - consisting of representatives from all public and private health sectors and community leaders, formed in 2012 - wants to see it funded from the proceeds of the proposed lease of the Gladstone port.

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The letter states one of the major impediments to improving health services in the region laid squarely on the State Government's shoulders.

"The current hospital infrastructure in Gladstone is not meeting current or future demand, and is the root cause of many of the problems that we are experiencing," the letter, signed by most of the committee members, said.

"A new hospital in Gladstone will add significant economic value to the region; improve the delivery of health services and outcomes whilst reducing the cost of running the existing health services," the letter said.

"We propose that this initiative be undertaken in partnership with the Mater Hospital. We understand that this joint investment has 'in principle' support from Central Queensland Mater and Mercy Healthcare."

It pointed out that considerable planning work had already been undertaken looking to a new hospital.

"There is no doubt that a decision to build a new hospital would have the absolute support and generate significant goodwill of the Gladstone community.

"This will not only ensure the current and future health services of the region ...(but will) alleviate the pressure on Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Brisbane."

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