The newly named Lady Bjelke Petersen Community Hospital.
The newly named Lady Bjelke Petersen Community Hospital. Barclay White

Private hospital could reopen in September

UPDATE 10.30AM 

THE hospital could reopen on September 1 this year. 

The South Burnett Regional Council voted to take over the running of the South Burnett Private Hospital this morning. 

The vote passed with five votes to two. 

Councillors Damien Tessmann and Ros Heit were the only two to vote against the proposal.  

 Mayor Wayne Kratzmann proposed for the hospital be renamed the Lady Florence Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital in recognition  of her outstanding contribution to the South Burnett community. 

The council will transfer $150,000 to undertake the license  and prepare for hospital accreditation.    The council voted to repoen the hospital under license to Queensland Health.    EARLIER: 

A VOTE on the fate of the South Burnett Private Hospital will take place this morning.

Mayor Wayne Kratzmann has recommended the facility be renamed the Lady Florence Bjelke- Petersen Community Hospital in recognition of Lady Flo's outstanding contribution to the South Burnett community.

At a meeting this morning the South Burnett Regional Council will vote on whether to reopen the hospital under license to Queensland Health, with Cr Kratzmann proposing operation to start September 1.

More to come.

Note: An earlier version of this story stated the hospital will reopen in September, this has been amended.