Mixed views on outcome of hospital
SUNSHINE Coast firm Evans Harch has won the tender to build Mt Morgan’s $14 million hospital.
The announcement was made yesterday by Health Minister Paul Lucas who also released the first artist’s impression of the facility (see above).
The hospital, to be built next to the existing facility in Black Street, will include 10 acute and 10 aged-care beds, two emergency treatment bays, support services, a community health area, a dental clinic, and GP private practice space.
It will also provide six “virtual beds” in the “Hospital in the Home” program for clinical care of patients in their own home.
Member for Mirani Ted Malone said he believed health services would plummet in the new hospital because construction would have to be rushed to meet the July 2011 deadline.
“I am bewildered such a significant project as a $14 million hospital was not trumpeted in the government budget release,” he said.
“I worry it will be more of a half-way house between Mt Morgan and Rockhampton and it will just stabilize people more than anything.
“I’ve also heard that the new hospital will also render some fairly significant and expensive plumbing upgrades in the old hospital as completely unnecessary,” Mr Malone said.
But Councillor Sandra O’Brien is excited.
“I just think it’s going to be great, because we know Mt Morgan’s population is going to be growing over the next 10 years.”