The State Government has announced a partnership with Mater Health Services to deliver a new 174 bed public hospital in Springfield to cater for the rapidly growing population in the Greater Ipswich region.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk outlined that a new Mater Public Hospital Springfield is an expansion on the current private hospital.
“Greater Ipswich is one of Australia’s fastest growing regions, with an ever-increasing demand for public health services”.
“For example, the population in the Western Metropolitan Corridor is projected to grow by 37 per cent by 2031, which is 11 per cent higher than the state population growth”.
“And an extra 100,000 people will call Springfield and Ripley Valley region home in the next five years”.
“This means we need to invest now to create the beds we know we need in the future.”
“This partnership will mean more than $1 billion investment by the Queensland Government over the next decade”.
“Importantly, this project is shovel ready with Mater expected to be able to deliver it by the end of 2024,” the Premier said.
– $177 Million initial funding
– Co-located with Mater Private Hospital Springfield
– Built with private funds
– Emergency Department
– Intensive Care Unit
– Maternity service
– Procedural areas
– Interventional spaces (operating theatres and endoscopy suite)
– 174 public overnight and same-day beds.
Treasurer Cameron Dick outlined that investment in health services would be one of the key priorities in June’s Queensland budget.
“Our budget will invest for growth, including growth in the demand for health services across Queensland”.
“We know that Queensland’s strong health response is the base from which our economy has been able to rebound so strongly.
“As we continue to deliver our economic recovery plan to grow Queensland jobs and businesses, we know how important it is to maintain the strength of our health system,” the Treasurer said.
Charis Mullen, Member for Jordan welcomed the partnership saying it would provide vital public health services for her growing community and help with the region’s economic recovery.
“I have been a strong advocate in supporting our community’s wishes for more public health services in this region and today’s announcement of a new public hospital shows that our Government is listening”.
“This new public hospital for Springfield will deliver a major economic boost for the booming region and that means being able to continue our economic recovery by creating jobs”.
“This project alone will create more than 700 jobs during construction and more than 1,000 new frontline health jobs once operational,” she said.
Yvette D’Ath, Health Minister outlined that there would be further capacity for expansion at the new public hospital.
“This new public hospital in Springfield will complement the current facility and significantly boost capacity in the local health network”.
“Queensland Health already works closely with Mater Health Services to deliver health care to Queensland across the state, and this investment is only strengthening this partnership”.
“The Palaszczuk Government will fully fund the additional operational funding required for the new facility on an ongoing basis from its expected opening in 2024″.
Minister D’Ath said the expanded Mater Springfield site will function as a fully integrated campus providing services for both public and private patients,” she said.
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