The Rockhampton Hospital is one step closer to completion with the final structural support was installed today
The Rockhampton Hospital is one step closer to completion with the final structural support was installed today Contributed

$18.4m operating surplus to be invested in health services

THE Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service received its first report card after tabling its annual report in State Parliament yesterday.

An $18.4million operating surplus will be invested into health services throughout the region.

Impressively the region's health service was among the top three performers in 2012-13 against all key performance indicators for the state's 17 health boards.

Chairman Charles Ware said it was a remarkable achievement, with no forced redundancies.

"It was achieved with fewer people and focusing on core business and restructuring," he said.

"We sat down with our workforce and asked how we could do things better. We're becoming more and more efficient and effective in how we do things … we're meeting all targets and running a very tight ship."

In the course of restructure, aged care and Home and Community Care services are being exited to the non-government sector, with an expected annual saving of $11million.

Mr Ware said most of the 100 voluntary redundancies came from HACC and "fewer people in the back office". Included in next year's budget is $500,000 for a definitive study of health needs in Central Queensland, undertaken in conjunction with CQ Medicare Local.

"We've never done this before … it's about planning of services for the next 5-10 years. An aging population will need more clinical support. Expanding the intensive care unit is about meeting future demand."

Rural and remote infrastructure rectification works at Biloela Hospital ($7.15million) and EmeraldHospital ($8 million) will start this financial year and the Moura Community Hospital model developed after extensive community consultation will be implemented.

 

At $12billion a year, health is one quarter of the state's budget.

"This model is the best value for the taxpayer's health dollar," said Mr Ware.

"Part of it is the power of doing it locally … through hospital boards, management is accountable to the local community."

Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne said he would make a comment in the next few days.

Approved Plans

$5 million helipad at Rockhampton Hospital

$12 million to develop a 16-bed intensive care unit

$705,000 for backlog maintenance at CQHHS facilities

$500,000 for a health needs assessment across CQ in collaboration with CQ Medicare Local



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