Hospital cladding concern
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.