St Helens hospital site report complete

A REPORT has been completed into the suitability of a Break O'Day Council lot for construction of a proposed new St Helens hospital.

Break O'Day Mayor Sarah Schmerl said the report was investigating a 3.8-hectare council-owned block closer to the centre of the town.

``The state government arranged for that lot to be assessed for suitability for a hospital,'' Cr Schmerl said.

``That report has come back but I am yet to read it. ``We are next in line for a hospital replacement, now we're just waiting for that to go through the budget system.''

A state government spokesman yesterday said it intended to continue working with the council regarding the potential construction.

``This is a significant project and, like all such projects, must go through relevant budget processes. That work is continuing,'' the spokesman said.

Opposition health spokesman Jeremy Rockliff said the Liberals announced a plan to invest an additional $76 million into health.

``We will be having more to say about health during the campaign,'' Mr Rockliff said.

The construction of a new hospital for the town was estimated by Tasmanian Health Organisation North chief executive John Kirwan to cost from $10 million to $12 million.

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