January 27, 2021
Rumours that Kingaroy’s new $92.5 million hospital sprang a serious leak during recent rainstorms have prompted a “please explain” from local MP Deb Frecklington.
Mrs Frecklington, who has written to Health Minister Yvette D’Ath, says the South Burnett community deserves answers after a loss of services at the new hospital.
She said information shared with her about serious damage was concerning and had potentially serious ramifications for access to important health services.
“This is a brand new hospital, only opened just before Christmas and we are now hearing reports that so much water leaked through the roof that the maternity ward will be closed for some time,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“We have heard that new mums and bubs were forced to evacuate on the day of the flooding and that the ward has not reopened due to water damage.
“I am also concerned about information suggesting the brand new CT scanner, which is on the ground floor, was also damaged and is out of action.
“It is unacceptable to think that a brand new building could be damaged to this extent, leaving our community with questions about how this could have happened and when services will return to normal.
“Given that this project started as a $62 million redevelopment, and has now blown out to $92.5 million, surely this amount of money would ensure a waterproof building?
“We also need to know how much this will cost to repair and who is footing the bill.
“The Health Minister has not communicated with the community, instead keeping silent on the issue.
“Minister D’Ath needs to explain what has occurred and why, how many hospital beds are closed and how long the community will wait until repairs are complete.”
southburnett.com.au has approached Darling Downs Health for a comment.