Big budget boost for the South West Health Service
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.