Big bud­get boost for the South West Health Ser­vice

Western Times - - NEWS -

SOUTH-WEST Queens­land res­i­dents will con­tinue to re­ceive high-qual­ity health­care and hos­pi­tal treat­ment with a $5.8 mil­lion fund­ing boost to the South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice.

The an­nounce­ment came as part of the 2017–18 State Bud­get, an­nounced last week. Min­is­ter for Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Cameron Dick said the new bud­get of $141.6 mil­lion was 4.3% more than the 2016–17 op­er­at­ing bud­get of $135.8 mil­lion.

“This bud­get en­sures the money is be­ing spent where it is most needed,” he said.

“South-west Queens­lan­ders will ben­e­fit from con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in the new Roma Hos­pi­tal de­vel­op­ment, an ex­pan­sion of the nurse nav­i­ga­tor pro­gram and fur­ther in­vest­ment in pre­ven­ta­tive and sex­ual health pro­grams.”

Mr Dick said the South West Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice fund­ing was part of a $1.28 bil­lion boost to Queens­land’s health bud­get, with the statewide bud­get reach­ing $16.554 bil­lion in 2017–18.

He said al­most $14 bil­lion would go to the state’s 16 hos­pi­tal and health ser­vices and other or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro­vide more staff, pro­grams and ser­vices.

“The pri­or­ity for this health bud­get is on front­line ser­vices and de­liv­er­ing on the Palaszczuk Gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion of mak­ing Queens­lan­ders amongst the health­i­est peo­ple in the world,” Mr Dick said.

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