Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has officially opened a new and improved hospital in south west Queensland delivered as part of the government’s record $21.8 billion investment in public health.
Tens of thousands of west Queenslanders will now have access to world-class health facilities under the one roof thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s investment in the new Roma Hospital.
The Premier today toured the new $116.6 million hospital which now caters to increased outpatient capacity and houses 22 beds, two birthing suites, two operating theatres and is capable of accommodating families and people travelling long distances for day surgery.
“Roma Hospital is everything a state-of-the-art hospital should be to support people in the south west and to look after their families and loved ones,” the Premier said.
“We’re investing more in health than any government in our state’s history because we know how important it is for people in regional Queensland to have access to great facilities.
“New public infrastructure is also an important part of our plan for economic recovery.
“Throughout construction, the Roma Hospital project has created dozens of jobs for local workers – injecting millions of dollars into our economy at a time businesses need it most.”
The new hospital was built through the Palaszczuk Government’s $180 million Enhancing Regional Hospitals Program.
The Premier said the redevelopment was the single largest investment in healthcare in South West Queensland since 1987.
“The health of Queenslanders remains a top priority at all times, not only during a global pandemic, and my government’s record investment in health care is delivering nation-leading facilities,” the Premier said.
“That’s why the most recent Queensland State Budget included an investment of more than $21.8 billion in health.
“We are also tackling the unprecedented demand in our hospitals with the $100 million Care4Qld package delivering 65 new beds and other services.”
More than 60 local workers, including five apprentices and trainees, were employed during the construction of the new Roma Hospital.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said in total, the Roma Hospital project created 97 jobs.
“This hospital development also provided a major boost to the local economy with more than $4 million spent directly with local companies during construction, and more than 40 local businesses engaged for contracting work, supply services and materials,” she said.
“Roma Hospital has been built with patients and communities front of mind, thanks to a strong public consultation process and input from locals.
“This is a benchmark by which all hospital construction should be measured and I congratulate everyone at South West Hospital and Health Service and all of the stakeholders for delivering this world-class hospital.”