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.


Bushfire reported near Glen Esk

Bushfire reported near Glen Esk

People in the area may be affected by smoke

Newly planted trees stolen straight out of soil in parklands

Newly planted trees stolen straight out of soil in parklands

The group planted 35 trees for National Tree Day earlier this year.

UPDATE: Fire sweeps through estimated 3000 hectares

UPDATE: Fire sweeps through estimated 3000 hectares

The fire is still burning, now hitting an estimated 3000 hectares

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