Hospi­tal cladding con­cern

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

CLADDING on Bris­bane’s Princess Alexan­dra Hospi­tal – among the largest in Queens­land – has been con­firmed as com­bustible, spark­ing contin­gency plans to safe­guard the build­ing.

Af­ter rig­or­ous test­ing, the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment con­firmed the news yes­ter­day but said more tests were re­quired to see if it posed a fire risk to pa­tients and staff.

Health Min­is­ter Cameron Dick said the Gov­ern­ment was wait­ing on the re­sults of fi­nal test­ing and would speak to ex­perts about how to deal with the prob­lem.

But he re­mained con­fi­dent the hospi­tal was safe, say­ing it was well built and fit­ted with sprin­klers and fire alarms through­out.

“Ev­ery build­ing in Queens­land has com­bustible ma­te­rial in it, we have to de­ter­mine what is the risk and what is the re­sponse to that risk,” Mr Dick said yes­ter­day.

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