$427.56 is small comfort for Bundaberg hospital flood loss

RECORD FLOOD: Bundaberg Hospital is partially evacuated in the face of severe flooding. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
RECORD FLOOD: Bundaberg Hospital is partially evacuated in the face of severe flooding. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

WIDE BAY Hospital and Health Services has received a modest sum of $427.56 as part of its claim to recoup losses during the floods earlier in the year.

The health services CEO Adrian Pennington said the initial claim had been for more than $700,000.

However, the process of recouping the business costs of running the health service under emergency conditions was ongoing and currently sat with the Queensland Government Insurance Fund (QGIF).

"These business costs incurred during the flood emergency related to items such as wages, medical supplies, linen management and logistical costs," he said.

Mr Pennington said the QGIF also had approved the payment of more than $500,000 for capital works to repair flood damage to health facilities across the Wide Bay region.

He said that amount also was lower than that originally sought.

"The initial claims made by the health service for capital works to repair flood damage were for an amount significantly higher than the sum awarded by the QGIF," he said.

"Most of this payment will be used to pay for repairs and clean up work at Bundaberg Base Hospital though there will be work funded at Childers, Maryborough and Gayndah hospitals as well."

In August, Mr Pennington said prime minister Julia Gillard had promised to provide reimbursement for costs incurred for emergency operations undertaken during the 2013 floods.

He said at that time that whenever a town was declared a disaster zone all expenses should be charged to the Federal Government.

Yesterday, Mr Pennington did not rule out taking the issue to the Federal Government should the service be unsuccessful in recouping its operational losses.

But he said: "At present, the focus of our claims process still rests with the QGIF."

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