Last throw of dice for Ci­len­tos

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - SARAH VOGLER

LADY Phyl­lis Ci­lento’s fam­ily has re­leased an open let­ter to Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk call­ing for a last-minute change of heart on re­mov­ing her name from the state’s chil­dren’s hospi­tal.

The let­ter is signed by for­mer premier Campbell New­man and LNP Leader Deb Freck­ling­ton, among oth­ers, and calls on Ms Palaszczuk to re­verse the de­ci­sion to change the hospi­tal’s name from Lady Ci­lento Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal to the Queens­land Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

“In­stead of cel­e­brat­ing Lady Ci­lento, her name is now to be phys­i­cally ripped down be­cause a small group of doc­tors and politi­cians are seek­ing to as­sert their own agenda,” the let­ter reads.

“There­fore we, the un­der­signed, are call­ing on the Premier of Queens­land An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk to re­verse Health Min­is­ter Steven Miles’ de­ci­sion.”

It is the lat­est salvo in the fam­ily’s bid to stop the renaming and comes af­ter they last month re­jected al­ter­na­tives of­fered by the Govern­ment to en­sure Lady Ci­lento was still hon­oured in some way.

The Premier has sup­ported the de­ci­sion to re­name the hospi­tal with the name of­fi­cially changed on Fri­day by reg­u­la­tion.

Sig­nage will be re­moved from the hospi­tal within weeks.

The Govern­ment moved to change the hospi­tal name fol­low­ing a con­certed cam­paign from doc­tors, backed by both the hospi­tal’s board and its main fundrais­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The fam­ily’s open let­ter, how­ever, la­bels the re­brand­ing of the hospi­tal “heart­less, sex­ist and com­pletely il­log­i­cal”.

“As Queens­lan­ders, we want bet­ter. We ex­pect more from our politi­cians and we are stand­ing to­gether to fight for it.”

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