HOPES DASHED: Mayor Wayne Kratzmann and Councillor Damien Tessmann hoped negotiations with Pulse Health might keep the hospital open longer.
HOPES DASHED: Mayor Wayne Kratzmann and Councillor Damien Tessmann hoped negotiations with Pulse Health might keep the hospital open longer. Tessa Mapstone

Private hospital closure confirmed

ANY hope of saving the South Burnett Private Hospital seems gone as Pulse Health begins plans to relocate staff.

Pulse Health managing director and chief executive officer Phillipa Blakey informed staff, doctors and other medical specialists working at the hospital when she visited the site today that it would close on June 30.

"It is with reluctance and a great deal of sympathy for our staff and others involved with the hospital that we have decided to close," she said.

"Our commitment now to our affected staff is to do our best to work with them - if they so wish - to be transferred to our other hospitals."

Plans are already underway to relocate staff at South Burnett Private Hospital to other Pulse Health hospitals after the company announced today it is closing the loss-making facility.

The 22-bed facility at Kingaroy is owned by the South Burnett Regional Council and has been operated by Pulse since 2008.

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