$679 million for Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich hospitals

November 08, 2017

A re-elected Palaszczuk Government will invest $679 million in major redevelopment projects at three hospitals in the growth corridors to the north, south and west of Brisbane, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced today.

The Premier said the funding would increase the capacity at the Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich Hospitals by more than 320 beds, and provide a new $12.6 million maternity ward at the Logan Hospital.

“This commitment is an extra $575.8 million over and above funding allocated in this year’s State Budget,” the Premier said.

“It demonstrates the very high-priority that my Government attaches to providing hospital and health services for the people of Queensland and employing the frontline staff required to deliver those services.”

The Premier said Labor Governments had invested nearly $10 billion in public hospital infrastructure across our State over the last two decades.

“This is a record we are proud of and it serves to distinguish Labor Governments from the LNP,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“For Labor, hospital and health services are essential to meet the needs of a growing- population spread across the regional, rural, and urban areas of our state.

“Health infrastructure that is fit-for-purpose and provides value-for-money underpins the delivery of safe, quality frontline services that contribute to the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders.

“A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government will continue to invest strongly in health infrastructure.

“This includes world-class health facilities across a broad range of areas such as hospitals, ambulance stations and vehicles, health technologies, research and scientific services, mental health services and staff accommodation.

“I am pleased to announce today that in the south-east Queensland growth corridor we are investing $679 million in major hospital redevelopments at Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich.

“This will see an extra 192 beds and a new maternity unit at Logan Hospital, an extra 130 beds and expanded Emergency Department at Caboolture Hospital, and Stage 1 of the expansion of Ipswich Hospital.”

The Premier, who also announced $3 million to fund development of a business case for a major upgrade of the Bundaberg Hospital, said the new funding followed a record $16.6 billion health budget for 2017-18 outlined in this year’s Budget.

“My Government is funding hospital projects right across the State, with work commenced on new hospitals at Kingaroy, Roma and Blackall and hospital upgrades at numerous other locations including new Emergency Departments at Hervey Bay and Gladstone Hospitals and re-purposing of the Caloundra Hospital.

“In north Queensland we are providing $70 million for a new mental health unit at Cairns Hospital and $10.7 million for redevelopment of Townsville Hospital’s clinical services. We have also approved funding of $70 million for a major upgrade of the Atherton Hospital.

“On the Darling Downs, we have provided $3 million for detailed planning for the future of the Toowoomba Hospital, where the Emergency Department of the existing hospital has just been upgraded, also at a cost of $3 million.”

The Premier said that as well as funding hospital and health facilities, her Government had reversed the savage cuts to frontline service delivery by the Newman-Nicholls LNP Government.

“Tim Nicholls’ first Budget as Treasurer in 2012 cut 4400 positions in the health sector, including 1400 nursing and 700 allied health positions.

“Many thousands more people working on temporary and casual appointments in Queensland Health and working in funded programs in community organisations, also lost their jobs.

“Since our election in 2015, my Government has been repairing the cuts to our health services.

“We have recruited more than 4160 nurses, more than 1600 doctors and almost an additional 1200 allied health professionals across our State.”

“We have provided funds to employ 240 experienced Clinical Nurse Consultants to help patients as Nurse Navigators.

“Continuing this commitment to frontline services, I announced last week that if re-elected my Government will recruit an additional 3000 nurses, 100 midwives and expand the Nurse Navigator program to 400 for hospital and health services across the State over four years.”

The Premier said the State Government was investing $7.5 million over four years to make more concessional car parking available at the 12 hospitals where paid parking applied.

Further, construction had commenced on a new $25.5 million multi-storey carpark at Rockhampton, new ground-level parking was being provided at Logan and Caboolture Hospitals while construction of a new multi-storey carpark at Redcliffe Hospital was expected to begin in mid-2018.