$ 7m sur­plus real healthy

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DOMANII CAMERON

TOWNSVILLE Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice recorded a sur­plus of $ 7.2 mil­lion dur­ing the last fi­nan­cial year, with the board adopt­ing a bal­anced bud­get mov­ing into 2017- 18.

The 2016- 17 sur­plus built on a mod­est fi­nan­cial year sur­plus of $ 1.5 mil­lion from 2015- 16.

Board chair Tony Mooney said the sur­plus would be rein­vested into the health ser­vice.

“I was also de­lighted the State Govern­ment had in­creased our op­er­at­ing bud­get by more than $ 70 mil­lion for the 2017- 2018 fi­nan­cial year to $ 935.9 mil­lion,” he said.

“I am ex­tremely proud that we’ve max­imised ev­ery dol­lar from the pub­lic purse to de­liver this out­come.”

Mr Mooney said the healthy fi­nan­cial sta­tus had been achieved without re­duc­ing staff.

“The way the de­mand is go­ing we’re go­ing to be in­creas­ing those staff,” he said.

“We per­formed bet­ter than our bud­get against our ex­pen- di­ture and rev­enue tar­gets.

“Im­por­tantly, we did more ac­tiv­ity which means we un­der­took more pro­ce­dures where we re­ceive rev­enue.

“This was helped by a fo­cus on cut­ting wait lists and was as­sisted by the two new op­er­at­ing the­atres which were fed­er­ally funded.”

Mr Mooney said at the end of 2016- 17 no pa­tient was wait­ing longer than clin­i­cally rec­om­mended for a spe­cial­ist out­pa­tient ap­point­ment.

“Just two years ago we had more than 1000 peo­ple who waited longer than they should have to see one of our world class clin­i­cians,” he said.

“We’ve achieved this re­sult through an ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fort from our front­line staff who have de­liv­ered an ad­di­tional 10,000 spe­cial­ist out­pa­tient ap­point­ments to achieve zero long waits.

“In ad­di­tion, we con­tinue to be a Queens­land leader in pa­tient off stretcher time ( 97 per cent), elec­tive surgery per­for­mance ( zero long waits), gen­eral dental waits ( zero long waits) and en­doscopy ( zero long waits).”

Mr Mooney said re­sults such as th­ese placed the THHS among the top tier of best- per­form­ing hos­pi­tals and health ser­vices across the state.

“By hav­ing a sur­plus we can in­vest into new fa­cil­i­ties, re­search, and in­fra­struc­ture to im­prove the care we pro­vide our com­mu­nity,” he said.

Dur­ing the last 12 months, sur­plus rev­enue has been in­vested into a range of projects in­clud­ing a $ 3.3 mil­lion con­tri­bu­tion to the Palm Is­land Pri­mary Care Cen­tre.

Tony Mooney.

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