Billion Dollar Repair Bill

Hospital maintenance costings surge across Queensland Millions needed in Darling Downs HHS

Hospitals across the Darling Downs have been left to rack up millions of dollars worth of repairs, as the capital maintenance cost nears $1 billion across the state.

The figures were released after a parliamentary Question on Notice was submitted by the State Opposition.

Toowoomba Hospital needs more than $61 million in repairs and more than $15 million at Chinchilla and Warwick Hospitals.

Shadow Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Ros Bates said the Palaszczuk Labor Government has failed to make a dent in the growing repair bill.

“These numbers reveal how poorly the Palaszczuk Labor Government has looked after our hospitals,” Ms Bates said.

“Our hospitals are some of the best in the world, but the facilities must be maintained to ensure a high level of care for Queensland patients and a top class environment for frontline staff to work in.

“The Palaszczuk Labor Government has shown Queenslanders they care more about announcements than about healing the Queensland Health Crisis.

“A whopping $1 billion of maintenance is more than “routine” works.

“This is more shocking proof our hospitals have been under-funded and under-resourced for more than eight years since Annastacia Palaszczuk became Premier.

“The backlog of work has grown by over $100m in two years, despite the Government crowing about a record capital investment. These numbers prove that promise is a joke.

“It’s no surprise Queensland has record ambulance ramping, people waiting hours in Emergency Departments and ballooning surgery wait-lists when they can’t even get the basics right. “The Palaszczuk Labor Government is in chaos and crisis and it’s clear they can’t be trusted to deliver the health solutions Queenslanders need.”

HospitalCapital Maintenance Required ($M) at 2021 (July)Capital Maintenance Required ($M) at 2023 (June)Difference ($M)
Source:Queensland Government

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