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Lady Cilento hospital name change ‘a political game’

Confusion over whether Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is public or private has led to a proposed name change.

The public hospital could soon be known as the Queensland Children’s Hospital after around 900 medical staff signed a petition in favour of the change.

The hospital opened four years ago and was named after Phyllis Dorothy Cilento, a pioneering doctor in her time.

The Courier Mail State Affairs Editor Steve Wardill tells Ray Hadley it’s “a political game”.

“These kinds of politicians don’t like other politicians getting to name infrastructure they built.

“They’re upset about it and [the Palaszczuk government] is using these claims by a few doctors at the hospital, that somehow people are confused.”

Mr Wardill says Queenslanders are “appalled” by the prospective name change.

“There are a lot of Queenslanders out there who are pretty appalled at this idea of her name getting ripped off the front of the hospital just for a bit of a political game.

“To tear a woman like her down, to tear her reputation down in the process is an appalling act.”

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Listener Louise, whose son recently finished a year of chemotherapy at Lady Cilento, called in to tell Ray she’s “appalled this government is prioritising branding issues over the health of our children”.

Louise says the hospital is severely short on beds, especially in the Oncology Unit.

“These are very special children. They are immune suppressed so they can’t just go anywhere.”

She tells Ray when her son was in the final stages of treatment, the hospital was so short on beds he was sent to sit in the family kitchen with his fluids.

Ray hopes the Premier and the Health Minister are getting the message money needs to go to sick children, “not on some stupid naming”.

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