I applaud the initiative and lay professional leadership, illustrated by the Cairns doctor who utilised the AD2000 letters section to inform and endeavour to compensate for the loss of yet another Catholic hospital.
We must now add the Brisbane Holy Spirit Hospital to the list of casualties which have succumbed to corporate enticements and an absence of real support and leadership from the Catholic hierarchy.
The fine multi-functional hospital, which was commissioned by the Holy Spirit Sisters in 1946 will now be identified as the Brisbane Private Hospital.
An indication as to priority may be gleaned from the stripping and removal of every Christian symbol from the previously consecrated church-chapel. One might have expected the Catholic identity would be removed; however, not even an ecumenical prayer area has been spared. The church-chapel, now abandoned by the Catholic administration of Queensland, is to become a "coffee shop."
The original mission statement of the good sisters was "to witness, to heal and to offer hope", and the hospital had a client base of 20,000 patients a year. What it did not have was support and leadership from the parent Church to accept the challenge of adopting and supplementing this noble enterprise.
Meanwhile, thanks to the Holy Spirit Sisters for 56 years of excellent medical service to Queenslanders.