Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick (left) with Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service CEO Kevin Hegarty at Sunshine Coast University Hospital today, February 3, 2017.
Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services Cameron Dick (left) with Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service CEO Kevin Hegarty at Sunshine Coast University Hospital today, February 3, 2017. Patrick Woods

Health Minister launches scathing med school attack

FEDERAL MP Andrew Wallace has hit back at State Health Minister Cameron Dick's post-Budget claims the Sunshine Coast had been duped on a new med school.

Mr Dick released a scathing statement yesterday afternoon claiming the Coast had been abandoned in the Budget, which had provided funding for a new medical school on the New South Wales Central Coast.

The Daily Telegraph reported $12.5 million would be allocated in transition funding for Gosford's Central Coast Medical School and Medical Research Institute, after $32.5 million committed to last May.

Mr Dick blasted the funding and claimed the 15 Commonwealth-funded places had failed to be delivered to Griffith University to establish a full med school at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

Mr Wallace hit back, saying Mr Dick's statement was "fundamentally false" and he "couldn't lie straight in bed".

Mr Wallace said the 50 med school places had been offered and expected an announcement in June from Griffith, after the uni had done due diligence.


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