Exemplar bid wins new hospital

THE LNP government yesterday announced Exemplar Health had won the right to design, build, finance and maintain the major new tertiary teaching Sunshine Coast University Hospital (SCUH).

Premier Campbell Newman signed the historic public-private partnership arrangement at Nambour Hospital, with Health Minister Lawrence Springborg.

He said the consortium included Lend Lease, Spotless Group, Capella Capital and Siemens, and would build and then maintain the hospital for 25 years.

"When its doors open in 2016, SCUH will become the first major new hospital built in Australia for more than 20 years," Mr Newman said.

The Sunshine Coast University Hospital was first promised by the Labor Government more than 10 years ago.

In 2007, Anna Bligh said construction on the Sunshine Coast University Hospital would begin in 2010, but not a single brick has been laid.

Mr Newman said the LNP was fulfilling its election commitment to deliver the Sunshine Coast University Hospital as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) - Queensland's first hospital PPP project.

"We are getting on with building the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, without delay," Mr Newman said.

"This institution will be the centrepiece of a Kawana Health Campus with a co-located private hospital, parking for 3500 cars and a Skills, Academic and Research Centre.

"Construction is one of Queensland's four pillars and projects like this demonstrate that we are working to get the state back on track.'

SCUH will open in 2016 with 450 beds and 2,500 new staff, expanding to 738 beds and 5,000 staff by 2021.

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