Health facilities need repairs
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.