The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is set to be renamed in a bid to clear up confusion about whether or not it’s a private or public facility.
The South Brisbane hospital, which was initially named after medical pioneer Phyllis Cilento in 2014, will soon be called the Queensland Children’s Hospital.
It’s understood the name change will be formally announced by Health Minister Steven Miles this morning.
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It comes after staff at the hospital claimed there was confusion among the community about whether the facility was public or private.
“I’ve had doctors tell me parents are worried they can’t afford treatment at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital because they think it’s a private hospital,” Mr Miles said earlier this year.
“I don’t want even the slightest risk that parents think they can’t or shouldn’t have their child treated at this hospital if they need it.”
Reports suggest the cost of changing the signs at the hospital could be up to $500,000.
Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has slammed the name change, labeling it as “wrong”.
“Instead of trying to improve health services for our sickest kids, @AnnastaciaMP is more fixated with trying to airbrush a pioneering female doctor from our history,” Ms Frecklington tweeted.
This is wrong. Instead of trying to improve health services for our sickest kids, @AnnastaciaMP is more fixated with trying to airbrush a pioneering female doctor from our history. This @QLDLabor govt is so arrogant and out of touch. #qldpol #auspol pic.twitter.com/qRsKn17XzV
— Deb Frecklington MP (@DebFrecklington) September 20, 2018
More to come.