Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle states that he is disappointed by Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer’s comments that the Sunshine Coast University Hospital is, even before it has opened, mediocre and only about party-politics.
Earlier this week Mr McArdle released a statement congratulating the Coast community for the wonderful job it had done in getting the hospital despite many obstacles.
“I take pride in the fact that this $1.8 billion project will revolutionise healthcare in the region. Having said that I repeat my earlier statement that a medical training school is critical,” Mr McArdle said.
Cr Dwyer angrily fired back in today’s Sunshine Coast Daily.
“I am disappointed that the Acting Mayor believes, that even before it is open, the new hospital is mediocre,” Mr McArdle said.
“This is the attitude I am calling on to be avoided when discussing the hospital. Let’s be proud of our battle win and the thousands who will benefit from our “labours”.
“We don’t need to see condemnation of the hospital before the doors have even opened.
“We as a community will assess its performance based on outcomes – prejudgement and assumptions are dangerous as they diminish the hospital’s standing in the eyes of the community.
In his original statement Mr McArdle agreed that a university medical training school was critical.
“I repeat medical training is critical and of course further enhances the hospital.”
Mr McArdle has visited the hospital site on many occasions.
“This state-of-the-art facility will allow for the development of tertiary level cancer care. That means for the very first time there will be radiation therapy available on site in a public hospital on the Coast. The expanded range of cancers that will be treated will make a huge difference to cancer patients and their carers who currently have to travel to Brisbane.
“We’re also going to see an emergency department that will be able to treat 80,000 patients a year – that is almost two and a half times more than the current Caloundra Hospital and a major increase on Nambour Hospital. It will also mean those who do attend the emergency department will have immediate access to complex treatments including trauma services, neurosurgery and cardiology.
“We will see tertiary level rehabilitation services and the opportunity to provide services for mums who deliver premature bubs who again would normally have to travel to Brisbane.
“A major achievement is also the introduction of the Sunshine Coast first Child and Adolescent Mental Health inpatient service, which the Coast has long needed.
“Bed capacity at the hospital will be 700 with 450 being available on opening. It is providing for future need,” Mr McArdle concluded.