Health fa­cil­i­ties need re­pairs

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

DAR­LING Downs Health has a re­pair back­log of $112.9 mil­lion, with the Dalby Hospi­tal af­fected.

Fig­ures re­leased in State Par­lia­ment last week showed the main­te­nance back­log for the health re­gion that en­com­passes the West­ern Downs was the sec­ond high­est in the state.

“Over the previous five years, plus this fi­nan­cial year to date, Queens­land Health spent $1.152 bil­lion on main­te­nance,” a Queens­land Health spokesper­son said.

“A bal­ance needs to be main­tained be­tween spend­ing on main­te­nance such as re­pairs, paint­ing and mi­nor up­grades, and in­vest­ing in more and bet­ter ser­vices.

“All back­log main­te­nance items are risk as­sessed to iden­tify any po­ten­tial im­pact on ser­vices, and to en­sure all fa­cil­i­ties are al­ways safe.”

Queens­land Health said in a state­ment that Dar­ling Downs Health’s in­fra­struc­ture team co-or­di­nated a rolling pro­gram of con­di­tion as­sess­ments that in­formed the back­log main­te­nance reg­is­ters.

The main­te­nance pri­or­i­ties each year were de­ter­mined through de­tailed risk as­sess­ment to en­sure health­care ser­vices de­liv­ery was un­hin­dered and to en­sure all fa­cil­i­ties were safe for pa­tients, vis­i­tors and staff.

The Dalby Her­ald asked DDHHS what the mone­tary fig­ure was for re­pair work which still needed to be done at Dalby Hospi­tal, but they did not dis­close the fig­ure.

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