Labor Pledges $10m for new Maternity Ward
18 Jun 2016
LABOR TO FUND $10 MILLION MATERNITY REFURBISHMENT AT LOGAN HOSPITAL
Labor candidate for Forde, Des Hardman, and Member for Rankin, Jim Chalmers MP, today announced a Shorten Labor government would fund a $10 million refurbishment of Logan Hospital’s maternity and special care services facilities.
This major funding commitment would see a staged refurbishment of maternity-related facilities over a two-year period.
“This hospital funding is wonderful news for Logan and the surrounding areas,” said Labor candidate for Forde and local health professional, Des Hardman.
“Logan has a fast-growing population, with increasing demand on the hospital’s outdated birthing facilities.
“In fact the birth rate per capita in the Logan area outstrips that of the state by almost 20%, with more than 3500 births at the hospital each year.”
Member for Rankin, Jim Chalmers, said a Master Plan had already been undertaken to address the hospital’s higher than average birthing rate and the condition of the existing facilities.
“Consistent with the Logan Hospital Master Plan, Labor’s $10m refurbishment of the maternity and special care services would enable contemporary models of care to be provided,” he said.
“This refurbishment also gives the option to co-locate antenatal services, providing a complete maternity service environment and genuine continuity of patient care.
“The health of our communities is of vital importance and making sure our hospitals are properly funded will always be a major priority for a Labor government.”