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Labor Pledges $10m for new Maternity Ward

18 Jun 2016


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“Logan has a fast-growing population, with increasing demand on the hospital’s outdated birthing facilities.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.”

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