Qld Govt to pursue fully outsourced hospital
THE Queensland Government will call for expressions of interest to outsource the Sunshine Coast University Hospital's management.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg told a Parliamentary Estimates hearing this afternoon the government would pursue the option for a fully outsourced hospital.
The government has guaranteed the hospital's services will be public.
Expressions of interests from the private sector will be called for "very soon", Mr Springborg said, before submissions are investigated in September.
A separate expressions of interest process will also be underway for the outsourcing of clinical support services.
Mr Springborg said that was likely to engage far more market interest and had the possibility of standing on its own.
Mr Springborg said a consultancy report on outsourcing the Sunshine Coast University Hospital showed the "benefits outweighed anything to the contrary".
"So the government intention is that we will be going to market for expressions of interest starting very soon (and) coming back and being analysed by the end of September this year to see if there is sufficient market interest around fully outsourced model," he said.
"And there may or may not be."
He said the hospital would still have "fully public services".
If there is enough interest in fully-outsourcing the hospital management, a call for "binding interest" will be made.
If the expression of interest process yields nothing, the State Government will revert back doctors and nurses being fully provisioned by the state, Mr Springborg said.
The new hospital is scheduled to open in 2016.
The calls for expressions of interest will go out to private and non-government sectors.