Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Health Savings Retained

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Health Savings Retained

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Jim Alouat

Health Reporter

SAVINGS generated by the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services will remain within Wide Bay, according to its chief.

That commitment came from Wide Bay Health Board chairman Dominic Devine as he confirmed the service had officially wiped out a $45million budget deficit in two years and its annual report showed the books were now balanced.

"But more importantly to me is we've achieved this financial turnaround while improving health services," he said.

Mr Devine said the fact that those savings would remain in the Wide Bay was a critical factor in his taking on the role in the first instance.

"That is one of the big changes in the direction of health in this state," he said. "The minister made a commitment that savings generated in the region stay in the region.

"To be frank, that is one of the reasons I took the job."

The NewsMail asked whether some of the savings WBHHS had made could be attributed to the privatisation of services, such as Home and Community Care and Yaralla Place. …

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