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21 May 2011

MP backs Springfield hospital idea

A STATE MP has called on her own government to fund a unique
public/private hospital in Springfield so residents no longer have to
travel to Brisbane for private treatment.

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said funding must be approved to build
public day beds in the Mater Health Services-backed private hospital
it is hoped will be built in Springfield soon.

The call came after Springfield Land Corporation announced anchor
tenants for Health City, the large medical precinct the private/public
hospital would be the centrepiece of.

It is envisioned that dozens of niche medical practices, such as GPs
and chiropractors, and a hotel would surround the hospital.

"I am strongly in support of the hospital as a private and public
facility for the Springfield region," Ms Miller said.

Springfield Land Corporation has been trying to get the unique
hospital off the ground for years.

The first real step came this week when MyLife Medical Group was
announced as the GP tenant in Health City, while negotiations with a
supermarket for the precinct were also advanced.

"Commitment from anchor tenants allows the Health City project to now
go to market to find someone capable of tackling a project that is
sure to result in a highly visible and highly recognisable
development," Springfield Land Corporation chairman Maha Sinnathamby
said.

Talks with the State Government about the possibility of public beds
being included in the project started last year.

But the State Government had always insisted the Ipswich Hospital was
their number one focus for the region, and a Queensland Health
spokesman said they were still in negotiations.

"Queensland Health is continuing to participate in discussions about
public and private health sector service provision at Springfield," a
spokesperson said in a statement.

www.QT.com.au

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