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State needs to act on hospital funding

Published: 11 January 2019

State needs to act on hospital funding

Reports in The Courier-Mail today of overcrowding at Logan Hospital are of great concern to Logan City Council.

For years The City of Logan has urged successive Queensland Health Ministers to increase the number of beds at Logan Hospital and expand the services provided.

As recently as last November, Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley wrote to Health Minister Steven Miles asking him to act on the Logan Metro South’s Health and Hospital Services own modelling that projected a shortage of 103 beds by 2021-22.

In the 2018-19 Budget, the State Government announced Logan would benefit from a $679 million investment in three South-East Queensland hospitals but this commitment is yet to improve the situation on the ground.

Acting Deputy Mayor Trevina Schwarz said despite a booming population, Logan’s health services are not keeping up with demand.

“Logan Hospital is one of the most in-demand in Queensland with upwards of 88,000 admissions to the emergency department each year,” Cr Schwarz said.

“Queensland Health’s own data shows that the hospital is the worst in the state for waiting times.

“The number of patients and the services they require will only continue to grow however Building Queensland say they are still developing a business case for the Logan Hospital expansion.

“The case for an upgrade was made long ago so the State Government must finalise that process now so that real progress can begin.

“On behalf of the people of Logan, and the hardworking staff at our hospitals and health facilities, I want to see real action before more of these types of stories emerge.”