Record Health budget for Region Health Services

This week’s State Budget will deliver more than $801 million in healthcare across the towns and communities in the in the Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service catchment.

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Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles says it’s marked increase.

“We’re investing an extra $15.9 million in growth funding to help our hardworking doctors and nurses meet the growing demand for services particularly in our hospital emergency departments,” Mr Miles said.

“This funding will also support the opening of an additional 31 beds at the Toowoomba Hospital.’

Priorities for the region in 2018-19 include:

• $1.5 million for gastrointestinal endoscopy services
• $400,000 for in community mental health treatment services
• $250,000 to coordinate and deliver health services to refugees
• $20 million toward the $62 million Kingaroy Hospital
redevelopment to ensure the South Burnett community has access to better healthcare facilities closer to home

• $3 million to commence the detailed business case for the Toowoomba Hospital Redevelopment

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service (HHS) will have an operating budget of $801.1 million in 2018-19, almost $40 million more than the previous financial year.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, which operates 28 hospitals and health facilities, excelled in providing high-quality health care to about 280,000 in an area spanning 88,650 square kilometres.