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Sell-off warning on healthcare blueprint

THE Newman government's launch of the healthcare blueprint has been welcomed by Ipswich health services, but political opponents warn it could be the beginning of mass privatisation.

Health Minster Lawrence Springborg yesterday announced the plan which included encouraging stronger partnerships between private and public health services.

West Moreton Hospital and Health Service (WMHHS) chair

Dr Mary Corbett and St Andrews Ipswich Private Hospital CEO Chris Went agreed building on partnerships already in place would provide better services for Ipswich.

Dr Corbett said close relationships between private and public services would provide better services. "We must work closely with other healthcare providers in our community and we must provide a health service that is not wasteful," she said.

Ms Went said St Andrews had always worked closely with the WMHHS to provide the best healthcare.

"We will continue to work together to find ways to partner more closely with our public counterparts to provide new services that have been long needed," she said. "This blueprint gives us permission to discuss and improve on service capabilities for the health of Ipswich and West Moreton community."

Dr Corbett said the board supported the Blueprint for Better Healthcare in Queensland. "It strengthens the commitment and work West Moreton Hospital and Health Service has already undertaken," she said. "The blueprint aligns with many strategies that are our key focus, areas such as working through partnerships to deliver services."

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the LNP's sell-off of Queensland's public hospital system was just the first wave of privatisations planned by the government.

"The LNP's blueprint is a recipe for handing over the hospital system belonging to Queenslanders to private conglomerates which will put profits before patients," she said.

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