The Queensland Government has announced a $100 million funding boost for the state’s struggling hospitals but it looks like the Gold Coast has missed out.
Health Minister Yvette D’Ath confirmed on Tuesday the cash injection will go towards tackling the unprecedented demand at Queensland’s public hospitals.
“Queensland’s public health system is experiencing unprecedented demand which is why we’re earmarking an extra $100 million for 65 new beds and other additional services,” she said.
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“The level of demand being experienced isn’t unique to Queensland – it’s being seen in all States and Territories.”
“Delivering this extra funding to increase bed capacity is an important first step in equipping our busy EDs to tackle the pressures they’re facing.
“The Palaszczuk Government continues to deliver record health budgets and we remain focused on providing more resources for health services in Queensland.”
The ‘Care4Qld’ package will only see additional beds opened at Ipswich, West Moreton and the QEII Hospitals.
However, $20 million will be spent on ‘winter bed’ funding to open more beds in areas with the most demand.
$15 million will also go towards permanently expanded Hospital in the Home services which were temporarily established as part of the government’s COVID-19 response. Another $10 million will also see the Residential Aged Care Support Services permanently expanded.
It comes amid reports Gold Coast hospitals were pushed to capacity on Monday, forcing them to declare internal ‘code yellow’ emergencies.
Opposition Leader, David Crisafulli, said patients had reported waiting for five hours for care and asked the Premier in Queensland Parliament on Tuesday morning if that wait time was “acceptable”.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said she has “raised it nationally.”
“We’ve called on the PM to put this on the National Cabinet agenda for next month,” she said.
She also added that the Federal Health Minister will be meeting with state ministers to discuss the issue.