Critically needed beds are being delivered to Gold Coast hospitals from next week as part of a $163 million state government spend.
Queensland Health Minister Yvette D’Ath announced on Friday, 351 new beds will be created at public and private hospitals across the state’s health network.
Despite being one of the busiest health departments in the state, only 28 of those beds will be made available on the Gold Coast.
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Chief Executive of Gold Coast Health Ron Calvert said any funding is welcomed.
“The money will do a lot of good for the Gold Coast. It will go along way to meet the pressures we’re facing at the moment,” Mr Calvert told an estimates hearing on Friday morning.
“I’m a Chief Executive of a hospital, I can spend anything you throw at me to be honest.
“So if you give me more money I will spend it. My job is to do the absolute best I can with the money we’ve got.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new beds would help to tackle unprecedented demand in the public health system.
“This pandemic has tested our health system. And with the delta strain now posing a significant threat to Queensland, we’re not out of the woods yet,” the Premier said.
“Increasing capacity at our health services will ensure we can relieve pressure on some of the state’s busiest hospitals.
“This additional $163.7 million investment means 351 new beds through a combination of additional public hospital beds and the commissioning of beds from the private sector.
“These 351 beds represent the equivalent of delivering a major new hospital similar in size to Queensland Children’s Hospital.”
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Yvette D’Ath said Queensland’s health system was experiencing stronger demand for services than ever before.
“Delivering new beds at this time of peak demand will help to ensure Queenslanders can continue to access the quality health care they need,” she said.