LOGAN Hospital will receive a $281 million upgrade as part of a hospitals funding package announced by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Logan MP Linus Power said the redevelopment would increase the capacity of Logan Hospital from 448 beds to 640.
The funding included $12.6 million for a new maternity ward.
“With this funding, Labor is delivering extra inpatient beds, more delivery rooms and additional babies’ cots,” he said.
Mr Power said the announcement was part of Labor’s plan for healthcare in the Logan region, which included the announcement last month of a $4 million ambulance station for Yarrabilba and the restoration of midwifery services in Logan’s west.
“Labor is restoring the frontline services that were cut under the LNP and the healthcare programs they de-funded during their time in government,” he said.
“Logan can’t risk an LNP/One Nation government that refuses to invest in the frontline health services our growing community needs.”
Health Minister Cameron Dick said the funds were part of a $679 million investment in redevelopment projects at the Logan, Caboolture and Ipswich hospitals.
“I am pleased to say that Logan Hospital is receiving the biggest slice of the funding,” Mr Dick said.
“Logan is a growing community and to keep pace with that growth we need to invest in upgrading and expanding our local hospital facilities.”
Algester MP Leeanne Enoch said the substantial funding package would ensure better healthcare was more readily available.
“With improved hospital facilities on our doorstep, fewer people will need to travel to Brisbane to get medical treatment,” Ms Enoch said.
“Not only will this reduce the stress and burden associated with hospital visits, it will also lead to better patient outcomes.”