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Historic $9.8b investment in health building program to fix 'bottleneck'

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The Palaszczuk Government has ensured Tuesday’s budget fires the starting gun on the biggest expansion of the state’s hospitals the health sector has seen.

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The Budget provides new funding totalling $9.8 billion over the next six years to deliver more than 2500 new beds on top of existing expansion projects.

It is part of a $23.6 billion health and ambulance services budget. a 5.6 per cent increase on the previous year.

Amid an ongoing furore over ambulance “ramping” and hospitals under increasing strain, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the new spending would address a “bottleneck being experienced in ever state in Australia”.

“Every health minister in the country has highlighted this problem,” she said.

“There are hundreds of people in hospital beds who should be in aged or disability care.

“Add to that the hundreds more with Covid and the health workers who have Covid themselves and the problem is plain.

“No matter the cause of the problem, we are acting on a solution.

The program includes new hospitals as well as expansion projects for existing hospitals and the previously announced Queensland Cancer Centre at Herston.

 

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