Federal Labor commits $29.1 million to build 32 beds at Logan Hospital

FEDERAL Labor has committed to spend $29.1 million to fund a 32 bed ward at Logan Hospital.

FUNDING: Labor's shadow health minister Catherine King with Labor's candidate for Forde Des Hardman at Logan Hospital.

FUNDING: Labor's shadow health minister Catherine King with Labor's candidate for Forde Des Hardman at Logan Hospital.

Shadow Minister for Health Catherine King and Labor's candidate for Forde Des Hardman visited the hospital on Monday to declare the funding would kick start stage two of Logan Hospital's redevelopment.

The Queensland Labor government has pledged $281 million on stage one of the development which will include 192 extra beds.

Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said the additional beds would be gradually rolled out for Logan Hospital from 2020 to 2023.

Mr Hardman, who recently stepped down from his radiographer position at Logan Hospital to run for Forde, said the stage two development would occur as soon as stage one was complete.

"The emergency department is really busy and the biggest issue the hospital has it to place patients in beds," he said.

"The more beds we can get means more patients can be put on the ward after they finish their initial assessment."

Queensland Health Minister Catherine King said it was vital to ease pressure on the overcrowded hospital.

"Labor's $29.1 million investment will fund an additional floor and a new 32 bed ward. It will also fund a shell space that can be fitted out with a further 32 beds in the future," she said.

"This will allow the hospital to provide more services and take pressure off the emergency department by reducing bed block."

The announcement comes as the Coalition matched Labor's $33.4 million commitment to fund an Urgent and Specialist Care Centre at Logan.

The Urgent Care Centre will treat people with urgent but not life-threatening medical issues to ease pressure on Logan Hospital.

Logan Hospital has one of the worst emergency department waiting times in Queensland.

The federal election will be held on May 18.

Forde is held by the LNP's Bert van Manen with a 0.6 per cent margin.

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