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"Hidden reports" detail hospital privatisation plan: Miller

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg's office has dismissed a claim by MP Jo-Ann Miller that refusing to publish two reports that detail plans to privatise Ipswich Hospital.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg's office has dismissed a claim by MP Jo-Ann Miller that refusing to publish two reports that detail plans to privatise Ipswich Hospital. David Nielsen

PLANS to privatise Ipswich Hospital are detailed in two reports commissioned by the Newman government according to Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller, but her claims were rejected by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg's office.

Mrs Miller said the Labor Party had requested two audits conducted by KPMG and Deloitte Touche be released, but have been turned down by the Newman government.

She said the reports contain information on how hospital services will be "Americanised" and a review of health service delivery.

But a spokesman for Mr Springborg said the reports are far from secret.

The Newman government announced the KPMG audit on February 27 as part of the Blueprint for Better Healthcare in Queensland plan.

Work on the report began on March 4 and the findings will be made public upon its completion, the spokesman said.

KPMG and Deloitte Touche are consultancy firms, experienced in auditing health services.

The spokesman said there is no mention of Ipswich Hospital.

"The KPMG report is a for money analysis of modes of delivery at the Queensland Children's Hospital and the Sunshine Coast University Hospital which are both new facilities now under construction," the spokesman said.

"No existing government hospital will be privatised.

"The only people promoting the notion of privatising existing state hospitals are Labor MPs and union bosses who seek a political dividend from such discussions."

Mrs Miller said the reports were commissioned to examine privatisation of hospital services.

"The people of Queensland deserve to see these hidden reports so they can judge for themselves the Newman government's plans to Americanise local hospitals including the Ipswich Hospital and others in the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service region," Mrs Miller said.

"The Newman government is taking us down the path towards an Americanised hospital system where private providers put profit ahead of people, but it does not want key reports on its plans to see the light of day."

Last week Mrs Miller raised her concerns about the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (WMHHS) appointing three business intelligence officers.

This was also denied by WMHHS.

Topics:  ipswich hospital, jo-ann miller, kpmg, lawrence springborg, privatisation, west moreton hospital and health service




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