The Courier-Mail

Prepare to rip off hospital bandages Premier says Cilento review ‘quite concerning’

- STEVEN WARDILL

A REPORT into the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital has found mistakes were made in the rush to open it on time, according to Annastacia Palaszczuk.

The Queensland Premier yesterday insisted she had found aspects of the report “quite concerning” and committed to releasing the document in full later this week.

However, Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg, who was health minister when the hospital was opened, described the report as a “witch hunt” and questioned why no effort had been made to contact him if the authors had found issues. The Courier-Mail revealed last week the head of the Queensland Children’s Health Board Susan Johnston quit ahead of the report’s release.

Headed by Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care chief Debora Picone, the Lady Cilento review was tasked with probing everything from the available food options through to the facility’s design and readiness to treat patients in an effort to inform and improve future hospital openings. Former hospital chair Susan Johnston (pictured right) resigned last week ahead of the report’s re- lease. It was revealed in June that children en route to the new $1.5 billion facility were being diverted to other hospitals, however Lady Cilento management strenuousl­y defended their record treating emergency patients.

“This is a very serious issue,’’ Ms Palaszczuk (pictured above with Deputy Premier Jackie Trad) said.

“I want to pay tribute to all the staff that work at the Lady Cilento Hospital, they work very hard.

“However, there have been some mistakes in terms of rushing to get it operationa­l when it was opened.”

However, Mr Springborg said the board and staff had done their best meeting the opening timetable set by the former Labor government for a hospital that was questionab­le to begin with.

“My concern here is we are seeing a witch hunt and scapegoati­ng.

“What we have got here is Susan Johnston who has done her very level best to implement what was a decision that was not founded on any business case by the previous Beattie and Bligh government­s in Queensland.”

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