The State Government is funding business cases for the expansion of the Mackay Base Hospital and redevelopments at Bowen and Moranbah hospitals to strengthen public healthcare in the region.
The announcement came after the Queensland Resources Council this week urged the State Government to prioritise the upgrade of Moranbah Hospital for local residents and industry, including mining operations.
The business case allocations include $1.5 million for the preliminary business case for the Mackay Base Hospital expansion, $700,000 for the preliminary business case for the Bowen Hospital redevelopment, and $500,000 for a combined preliminary and detailed business case for the Moranbah Hospital redevelopment.
“The business cases will explore the potential scope for each project, which will deliver benefits such as meeting growing demand for services, alleviating pressure from other nearby hospital services and refurbishing aging assets to deliver improved models of care,” Health Minister Steven Miles said.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said the Mackay Base Hospital expansion would provide more inpatient beds, additional surgery capacity, an expansion of emergency department services, and increased capacity for new and existing services.
“The Bowen Hospital redevelopment will aim to increase the self-sufficiency of the hospital to ease pressure on Mackay Base Hospital, delivering new or refurbished facilities at the site,” she said.
“The Moranbah Hospital redevelopment will deliver greater flexibility in services provided and better equip the hospital to respond to emergency situations, such as the May 2020 coal mining incident.”
QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane this week said the QRC had raised the importance of the Moranbah hospital upgrade with the government, including the Mackay Health and Hospital Service Board, and had supported the advocacy of Isaac Regional Council and mining sector employee representatives.
The QRC welcomed today’s commitment of $500,000 for a business case for the redevelopment of the Moranbah Hospital, but called for the State Government toprovide a timeframe on the progression from business case to hospital redevelopment.
“Moranbah is a major centre for the Queensland resources sector and I commend the Isaac Regional Council and CFMMEU for their joint advocacy for the hospital redevelopment with the QRC,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“I would also particularly like to acknowledge the strong advocacy of the late Tim Mulherin who was determined to see this redevelopment take place.”