Queensland patients will have to wait even longer to access important public health services thanks to project delays under the Palaszczuk Labor Government.


Projects in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay, Cairns, Atherton, Roma and the Torres Strait have been affected, according to the answer to an LNP question-on-notice released today.


“There was a massive $115.5 million underspend on capital projects in Queensland Health in 2017-18,” said Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates.


“This is appalling given that our emergency are departments overcrowded, ambulance ramping is increasing and elective surgery wait times blowing out.


“It’s another major scandal in our public health system and a cut to vital local services.


“Queenslanders deserve a world-class health system, but Labor isn’t delivering.”


The 10 projects with the largest underspends in 2017-18 were:


  • Sunshine Coast University Hospital (Stage 2) – $30.7 million
  • Roma Hospital Redevelopment – $14.1 million
  • Atherton Hospital Redevelopment – $9.6 million
  • Hervey Bay Emergency Expansion – $9.3 million
  • Cairns Hospital Improvement Project – $8.7 million
  • Laboratory Information System – $7.5 million
  • Adolescent Extended Treatment Facility – Prince Charles Hospital – $6.4 million
  • Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (finalisation works) – $6.1 million
  • Torres Strait Primary Health Care Centre Redevelopment Project – $5.2 million
  • Regional eHealth Project – $5.0 million