Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

PUBLIC BEDS FOR MATER Hospital Will Cater for Public, Private Intake; Springfield's New Hospital Will Treat Public and Private Patients

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

PUBLIC BEDS FOR MATER Hospital Will Cater for Public, Private Intake; Springfield's New Hospital Will Treat Public and Private Patients

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Byline: Ashleigh Howarth ashleigh.howarth@qtcn.com.au

THOUSANDS of public patients will be treated each year at the new Mater Springfield Private Hospital under a new partnership to boost frontline services.

The State Government has announced it will inject $26 million a year in a new 10-year funding assurance partnership with Mater Health Services.

This will ensure more healthcare services are brought to the region, as well as the capability to treat up to 4800 public patients a year when the hospital opens its doors at the end of 2015.

STAFF from local hospital and health services have been given the green light to refer public patients to the Mater Springfield Private Hospital.

Minister for Health Lawrence Springborg visited the construction site of the new hospital in Springfield's Health City yesterday to announce the partnership.

Mr Springborg said the plan ensured the Government kept pace with the growing demands for health services in the western corridor.

"Our Government is committed to revitalising frontline services and that's exactly what we're doing through this partnership with the Mater Springfield Private Hospital," Mr Springborg said.

"Now the Government has strengthened this effective partnership, with a 10-year funding assurance to support contracts with the new Springfield facility when it opens.

"The Metro South and West Moreton Hospital and Health Service boards will purchase additional medical and surgical services from the new facility - including orthopedics, ear, nose and throat; ophthalmology and surgical services - at a cost of up to $26 million a year."

Mater Health Service chief executive John O'Donnell said Mater had a long-standing relationship with the State Government.

"Mater's mission has always been to provide healthcare to communities where there is a need, and we are delighted to be able to provide exceptional care to the Greater Springfield region," Dr O'Donnell said. …

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