1 July 2010
Unless plans are approved and construction commences almost immediately, Caboolture Hospital faces unsustainable and extended overcrowding according to Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP and LNP Candidate for Longman, Mr Wyatt Roy.
Mr Powell and Mr Roy recently accompanied Shadow Health Minister Mark McArdle on a tour of the hospital.
“The area in and around Caboolture is slated for massive population growth in coming years and the Caboolture Hospital needs to be able to cope with an influx of people needing health care,” Mr Powell said.
“Unfortunately the current government has really dropped the ball with respect to the Caboolture Hospital and the Caboolture Health Precinct and once again we’re going to be playing catch up.”
Despite an upgrade a decade ago, the 187 bed hospital will need to expand to some 600 beds by 2026 to meet the demand created by 200,000 residents in the surrounding areas.
“Nowhere is the pressure of growth more evident in our region than at the Caboolture Hospital, particularly it’s Emergency Department,” Mr Roy said.
“It is so important to have an Emergency Department that is functioning to optimum capacity – the community is entitled to at least that much.”
“We call on the Government to fast track the master planning process currently underway and get serious about funding bricks and mortar so our growing region can benefit from practical health solutions.” Mr Powell concluded.