The Queensland State Government are investing a further $530 million into the Logan Hospital in their latest budget to help with the growing city’s health needs.
The new hospitals and hospital expansion projects announced in the State Budget will deliver 2509 extra beds across Queensland over the next six years with Logan to receive a further 112 beds on top of the current expansion of 206 beds which is currently under construction.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the State Budget showed the government is acting to address a bottleneck being experienced in every state in Australia.
“Every health minister in the country has highlighted this problem,” the Premier said.
“There are hundreds of people in hospital beds who should be in aged or disability care.
“Add to that the hundreds more with COVID and the health workers who have COVID themselves and the problem is plain.
“No matter the cause of the problem, we are acting on a solution.
“That’s what good governments do.”
Along with the expansion project, Queensland Ambulance Service has a new budget of $1.1 billion for 2022/2023 which is up 11 per cent on last year.
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said the State Budget would support strong growth in the health workforce.
“The investment will help the service prioritise regional and rural services to ensure accessible healthcare no matter the location, as well as recruit more frontline staff, and open new facilities,” she said.
“Modernising the QAS will ensure the service continues to meet the healthcare needs of Queenslanders now and into the future.”
Minister D’Ath said the budget was injecting an additional $1.64 billion into the state over five years to improve mental health and wellbeing and combat substance abuse.
“It’s an opportunity to dedicate resources and funding to support initiatives under a new five-year plan for mental health, alcohol, and other drug services, Better Care Together,” Minister D’Ath said.