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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    $180 million for Enhancing Regional Hospitals program

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    $180 million for Enhancing Regional Hospitals program

    The Palaszczuk Government will invest an additional $180 million over four years to address the state’s most urgent health infrastructure through a new Enhancing Regional Hospitals program.

    Health Minister Cameron Dick said the investment would fund vital upgrades and repairs at the Roma, Hervey Bay, Gladstone and Caloundra hospitals.

    “The Enhancing Regional Hospitals program will provide funding to refurbish and modernise ageing and outdated hospitals in regional Queensland – hospitals that were left languishing for three years under the LNP,” Mr Dick said.

    “While regional Queenslanders have been crying out for investment in local health facilities the LNP never provided funding during their term of government to address these important community facilities.

    “These upgrades will drive jobs for regional Queenslanders with approximately 940 construction jobs created as a direct result of these upgrades over the next four years.”

    As part of this investment:

    • Structural defects and a range of clinical functionality and backlog maintenance issues will be addressed at Roma Hospital. Planning has also commenced for the development of new infrastructure at Roma to best meet the community’s needs.

    • Hervey Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department will be expanded to meet increasing demand for services.

    • Gladstone Hospital’s ageing Emergency Department will be upgraded.

    • Caloundra Hospital will be refurbished to accommodate service delivery changes associated with the commissioning of the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital.

    “This announcement is delivering on key Labor commitments to support jobs and provide vital health services, without the need to sell our assets,” Mr Dick said.

    Media contact: Anna Jabour 0403 322 992