State to spend $3m on Redland Hospital repairs

REDLAND Hospital is tipped to get a $3million upgrade over the next three years to repair lighting, upgrade bathrooms and electrical maintenance.

The state government said the renovations would be paid for from Queensland's $327 million Backlog Maintenance Remediation Program, which allocated $124 million this financial year.

Cleveland MP Mark Robinson said the repairs and refurbishments were needed to ensure a high-quality level of health care was offered to Redland patients.

He said the work would create 2000 jobs across the state.

“These works represent a significant investment by the State Government and I am very pleased these maintenance issues are being addressed and progressing well.”

News of the spending came a day after the state government announced it would spend $23.4million cutting waiting lists for eye surgery.

Premier Campbell Newman said last month there were more than 7900 people in Queensland waiting longer than clinically recommended for an initial ophthalmology appointment.  

Mr Newman said the contracts with service providers were developed off the back of the Queensland Government’s successful campaign to provide cochlear implants for people with hearing loss.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said the Government had accepted proposals from service providers that would mean every ophthalmic patient who had waited longer than clinically recommended would be seen and treated by June 30, 2015.