Health service savings ‘to stay in Wide Bay’ says boss

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 $45.million 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.

"The Minister made a commitment that savings generated in the region stay in the region.

He said there could be more restructuring "but as far as the sort of staff reductions you have seen throughout the state, that is now behind us".