Queensland to build seven mini hospitals
More than 770 construction jobs are set to be created following the appointment of the contractor for a programme to build seven satellite hospitals in Queensland, Australia.
The Queensland government has appointed of Hutchinson Builders – also known as Hutchies – as managing contractor. Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk said that the Satellite Hospitals Program will deliver seven new facilities to support public healthcare delivery in rapidly growing communities across South East Queensland.
“My government’s vision to build satellite hospitals is a national first,” she said. “It will ensure our health professionals are able to deliver essential services for Queenslanders in our rapidly growing communities, right where they are needed. Importantly, it also will support up to 773 jobs during construction, critical for our economic recovery.
“With the contractor now announced, the Satellite Hospitals Program team will turn its attention towards detailed design, with Queensland tradies expected to have boots on the ground early in the New Year.”
Deputy premier Steven Miles said the new facilities would operate as mini hospitals, providing services in urban areas. “Our satellite hospitals will deliver health care to Queenslanders close to where they live and work,” he said.
The seven satellite hospitals will be built in Brisbane’s north and south, on Bribie Island and in the communities of Caboolture, Gold Coast, Ipswich and Redland City.