Former Health Minister Lawrence Springborg
Former Health Minister Lawrence Springborg

Springborg: I didn't shut down youth mental health centre

FORMER health minister Lawrence Springborg has told a Commission of Inquiry that the decision to close the Barrett Adolescent Centre was made before he became minister.

He said the decision to close the Wacol-based youth mental health facility was made in about 2008.

Mr Springborg is giving evidence today at the Commission of Inquiry into the centre's closure in 2014.

Following its closure, three former patients died.

Mr Springborg, who was health minister at the time of its closure, said he heard about concerns in 2012 that construction for the Barrett centre's proposed replacement facility at Redlands was not running on time.

Mr Springborg said people making decisions on Barrett's closure were senior clinicians within the health department.

He said the ultimate decision of when to close the centre was made on advice from West Moreton Hospital and Health Service.

The hearing continues.

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