STAGE 2 of Logan Hospital will deliver 112 additional beds, under a $530 million commitment in last week’s state budget.

The hospital has been heavily criticised for having one of the longest waiting times in the country for emergency patients.

However, the current expansion – when complete – will make the hospital’s emergency department one of the biggest in the state.

The money for the second stage of development is part of a statewide capacity expansion program, which the premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said would help address a bottleneck in the health system.

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

“Add to that the hundreds of people in hospital beds who should be in aged or disability care. No matter the cause of the problem, we are acting on a solution.”

Health minister Yvette D’Ath said there was also a significantly higher operational budget, to be rolled out over the next four years.

This meant more staff.

“We know that growing our health workforce is key to tackling the unprecedented demand in our public hospitals,” she said.

The Queensland Ambulance Service has been allocated an 11% increase compared to the previous financial year.

“The investment will help the service prioritise regional and rural services to ensure accessible healthcare no matter the location, as well as recruit more frontline staff, and open new facilities,” she said.

“Modernising the QAS will ensure the service continues to meet the healthcare needs of Queenslanders now and into the future.”

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